Teamwork, decision-making, strategic thinking, leadership, adventure. As an Officer in the Army Reserve you gain new skills, become better qualified and your world becomes bigger.
Army Reserve Officers provide essential support to national defence, command soldiers in support of disaster relief, perform as leaders on overseas exercises and take on adventurous training activities in countries all around the world. All in their spare time.
Over the next 52 weeks of this blog we’ll be bringing some of those stories to life, in the words of those men and women who have already made the decision to achieve 100% of their potential in 10% of their time.
- Week 15: The land of Opportunity, Rugby… and Song! 29 July, 2016 - I would never thought that the three things I have enjoyed in life the most, the Army, Rugby and Singing, would have been comfortable bed fellows, turns out they are… I had better explain! Firstly the three things I have enjoyed the most in life: The Army – I joined the Regular Army at 16 … Continue reading Week 15: The land of Opportunity, Rugby… and Song!
- Week 14: I have a story – Lt Campbell, Royal Artillery 22 July, 2016 - Balancing work as a Recruitment Consultant with being an Army Reserve Officer isn’t easy for Lt Campbell. But she wouldn’t have it any other way. Discover her story.
- Week 13: Army Sport, Training and Admin 15 July, 2016 - 101 Battalion is the home of the REME Reserve in North West England and Wales. With nearly 300 Reservists, they provide Repair and Recovery capability to 17 Regular and Reserve units within their geographical area. From their company locations in Liverpool, Manchester, Prestatyn and West Bromwich, they train and deploy in support of and working … Continue reading Week 13: Army Sport, Training and Admin
- Week 12: Sand, Bombs and Robots 7 July, 2016 - Lead First gives an opportunity to complete an intensive leadership development course before spending up to a year gaining experience in a variety of Junior Officer roles with the British Army. Successful Lead First applicants will be trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and will be awarded an Officer’s Commission in the Army Reserve. … Continue reading Week 12: Sand, Bombs and Robots
- Week 11: Skiing, Sunshine & Stubai 1 July, 2016 - 104 Battalion REME is responsible for fixing all the Army’s kit including; weapons, trucks, tanks and helicopters. In order to do this around the world, REME tradesmen are trained to the highest level as both soldiers and technicians gaining civilian qualifications in the process. Their Battalion HQ is based in Northampton, with Companies in Corby, … Continue reading Week 11: Skiing, Sunshine & Stubai
- Week 10: Leadership. Management. Teamwork. Enhancing your civilian career. 24 June, 2016 - 71 Engineer Regiment are the Royal Engineer’s Army Reserve Regiment based across Scotland and Northern Ireland. Their Regimental Headquarters (RHQ) is based in Leuchars, Fife, and they have 3 Squadrons based in Bangor, Paisley and Cumbernauld and Troop detachments in Leuchars and Orkney. They are paired with 39 Engineer Regiment, a Regular Unit based in … Continue reading Week 10: Leadership. Management. Teamwork. Enhancing your civilian career.
- Week 9 : UBIQUE 300 – Tercentenary of the Royal Artillery 17 June, 2016 - My regiment is the 104 Royal Artillery, the Army Reserves’ only Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) Regiment. We’re deployed as radio operators, clerks, drivers and logisticians, and we operate Miniature Unmanned Air Systems (MUAS) Desert Hawk III to support ground operations. Our units are based in Abertillery, Newport, Worcester, Bristol and Plymouth, and it’s our honour … Continue reading Week 9 : UBIQUE 300 – Tercentenary of the Royal Artillery
- Week 8: Dhaulagiri Expedition 3 June, 2016 - The Dhaulagiri Expedition was created and led by Surgeon Commander Adrian Mellor from the Defence Medical Group. The aim was to research how we can better prepare our military personnel for deployment to high altitude environments. 150 personnel from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force participated, split into 10 teams. Some of these … Continue reading Week 8: Dhaulagiri Expedition
- Week 7: Search, sunrise and success! 27 May, 2016 - 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) was born out of the Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal companies, formed during the Second World War to deal with the mounting problem of unexploded German bombs. In 1973, 33 Engineer Regiment took over responsibility for UK explosive ordinance disposal and is now one of two specialist EOD and Advanced … Continue reading Week 7: Search, sunrise and success!
- Week 6: 70 Kilometre Sniper 20 May, 2016 - 101 Regiment are the Royal Artillery’s Army Reserve unit in the North East of England. The Army’s only Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Regiment, they are known as the “Geordie and West Riding Gunners”. Regimental headquarters is in Gateshead and the rest of the Regiment is based in four locations at Blyth, Kingston Park, … Continue reading Week 6: 70 Kilometre Sniper
- Week 5: Rain, Recces and Regular Force Support 13 May, 2016 - As an Officer in the Army Reserve, you get a huge number of opportunities offered to you – some to train, some to be trained and others to have fun. This week we hear from 2Lt Joe Prior-Jones about his time away acting as the ‘enemy’ for a regular army unit in the north of … Continue reading Week 5: Rain, Recces and Regular Force Support
- Week 4: Balancing Work, Family & Military Commitments 6 May, 2016 - Balancing work, family and military commitments is a common challenge for Reservists. But Atkins graduate George Rawlins has not only managed to juggle these competing factors, but has also undertaken intensive training at Sandhurst to become a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers, all while studying for his Foundation Degree in Mechanical Engineering. I joined … Continue reading Week 4: Balancing Work, Family & Military Commitments
- Week 3: Technical, Mental and Physical 29 April, 2016 - We joined Adam Jones at Army Officer Selection Board (AOSB) as he took the first big step to becoming an officer in the Army Reserve. See how he found all of the different assessments and how he overcame the toughest challenges.
- Week 2: Ambushes. Battle simulations. And leading a team. 15 April, 2016 - 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (7 SCOTS) is the Army Reserve Infantry Battalion for the North of Scotland. Our Battalion Headquarters is in Perth and there are Company and Platoon locations at Army Reserve Centres in Dundee, Aberdeen, Kirkcaldy, Inverness, Elgin, Stornoway, Dumbarton and Stirling. Our paired Regular Battalion is The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland … Continue reading Week 2: Ambushes. Battle simulations. And leading a team.
- Week 1: Skills. Strategy. And big explosions. 8 April, 2016 - Our time at Catterick has been one of compliance, strategy & big explosions – and we’ve loved every moment of it! We started off with a quick drive down the A1 from Gateshead, with six members of 3 Troop at Wathgill Camp, on a cold Friday night in March. We were there to rendezvous with … Continue reading Week 1: Skills. Strategy. And big explosions.