The Reserve Forces have always played an essential role in our Armed Forces. Through their dedication and professionalism, they make a vital contribution to protecting the UK’s security, both at home and overseas. June 21st 2017 is Reserves Day, when we celebrate all that they do, and Reservists are encouraged to wear their uniform to their civilian place of work for the day.
So, who are Reservists and what do they do?
They give up their TIME
Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, perfecting the balance between their civilian life and their military career.
They WORK with the Regulars
Reservists play an essential role working alongside out regular Armed Forces. They particularly provide support in specialist areas such as cyber and medical. Reserve units are more commonly paired with Regular units, and accompany them on deployments.
They are DIVERSE
Reservists come from all parts of the community and from all walks of life.
They take part in a range of OPERATIONS
Just like Regulars, Reservists regularly take part in humanitarian and peace keeping operations, including the United Nations’ Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus. They currently support many other operations Worldwide, including global counter-terrorism.
Reserves Day, which takes place on Wednesday 21st June this year, is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the important part that Reservists play in supporting the UK’s defence capability. Reservists have always played, and will continue to play, a key role in our Armed Forces, making a valuable contribution to the nation over and above their civilian day jobs.
Reserves Day is also a fantastic opportunity for employers to recognise their Reservist employees and celebrate the contribution that they make. Employers are encouraged to allow their Reservist employees to wear their uniform to work for one day, where possible.
Vicky spoke to 2nd Lt Alex Hadcock who has been an Army Reserve for 4 years about his experience: “The training that the reserves offers is unparalleled in civilian life, covering leadership, teamwork, specialist skills depending on your trade, fitness and more. The instructors are the best in the world and the fact that you get paid for training is the icing on the cake. Once trained you can do some fantastic work; interesting demanding and extremely rewarding, all over the world. You will benefit from experiences that only military work can offer. Being a reservist means that you can balance all of this with your normal life, choosing how much you do and when you do it, and the broad range of skills you get from both your civilian and military side makes you a valuable asset to both. Above all, people who volunteer to be reservists share the same goals and mindset, meaning you will meet some outstanding people and make friends for life. You also get all of the benefits of military life – sports, fitness, adventure training and travel. As a civil servant in the civilian world – the civil service being very generous with taking time off for reserves activity – I am able to make the most of what the reserves have to offer and would highly recommend it to anyone.”
If you’d like to find out more about joining any of the Reserve Forces, here are their recruitment pages:
Army Reserves: http://www.army.mod.uk/join/The-Army-Reserve.aspx
RAF Reserves: https://www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/lifestyle-benefits/life-as-a-reserve/
Royal Naval Reserves: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers/royal-naval-reserves
Royal Marines Reserves: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers/royal-marines/royal-marines-reserves
Source: Information adapted from the MOD Reserves Day toolkit, quote sourced by EFF.