Reserves Day is today, Thursday 8 September, and it celebrates all of those men and women who make up the Reserve Forces. This is an opportunity to recognise the valuable contribution Reservists make to our Armed Forces. Formerly known as ‘Uniform to Work Day’, Reserves Day provides an opportunity for the whole of the UK to celebrate our Reserve Forces and for Reservists to show pride in their service.

Reserves DayThe Reserves have always played an essential role in our Armed Forces. Through their dedication and professionalism, they make a vital contribution to protecting the Nation’s security at home and overseas. Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career.

Reservists work alongside Regulars to meet UK Defence requirements, particularly providing capability in specialist areas such as medical, communications and cyber technology. Reservists are currently supporting operations worldwide including in Afghanistan, countering the threat of Daesh in Iraq and UN peacekeeping in Cyprus.

Reserves Day is our annual opportunity to recognise and celebrate the important part that Reservists play in supporting the UK’s defence structure. Reservists will continue to play a key role in our Armed Forces, making a valuable contribution to the Nation over and above their day jobs.

Here’s the former Minister for Reserves Julian Brazier MP, explaining the benefits of employing Reserves:

Are you interested in becoming a Reservist?
Joining the Reserves Forces gives you the opportunity to enjoy some extraordinary and exciting new experiences that you wouldn’t get in your day-to-day life or work. Reservists have the opportunity to develop new skills and enhance existing ones such as leadership, working under pressure, teamwork and communications. They receive great quality, exhilarating training including kayaking, abseiling and scuba diving. The training and qualifications you receive will be recognised and respected back in the workplace. There are all sorts of different and exciting roles in the Reserves that are both challenging and rewarding, so existing skills can be used to do something completely different from your day-to-day life or work.

To find out more about becoming a Reservist, visit:
Army Reserves
Royal Naval Reserve (RNR)
RAF Reserves

[Source: adapted from MOD media pack]

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