CELEBRATING RESERVES DAY: 27 JUNE
This week the nation is celebrating Armed Forces Week, culminating in Armed Forces Day on Saturday 30 June. But, before that, there’s another special date to be marked: Reserves Day on 27 June.
Reserves Day 2018 offers a chance to recognise and appreciate the integral part that Reservists play in the UK’s defence capability. A total of 32,240 Reservists are committing their spare time, balancing their day jobs and family life with a military career, to be ready to serve should their country need them.
Reservist case study
Vickie Bracken – ‘Those who can, teach and train to be the best!’
‘I turned 30 and needed a new challenge,’ says 31-year-old Vickie Bracken, an Army Reservist with 158 Regiment RLC in Peterborough. As an ex-gymnast and cheerleader, Vickie has happily taught PE at a secondary school in Peterborough for the past nine years but longed for a new adrenaline rush.
Having joined many local running clubs and sports groups, last September her mum suggested making contact with her local Army Reserve Centre. With no military background, Vickie decided to give it a go.
‘I emailed 158 Regiment first and the following Tuesday met with the unit. My advice is simply go for it! Making the initial contact was the hardest step. I kept thinking, do I fit? But I soon realised there is no one type of person. In the past few months, I’ve met so many Reservists from different walks of life with varying skills and fitness levels. The unit support you and help you get to where you want to go.’
To find out more about joining the East Anglia Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, like Vickie, visit www.earfca.org.uk
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