Archive - Army Reserve

Reserves Pass Out at Grantham

September 30th 2020

Proud Army Reserves from Grantham celebrate the end of their basic training

More than 80 new Reserves from a range of civilian backgrounds including a driving instructor, a rural policy researcher and a personal shopper took part in the traditional pass out ceremony.  The parade marked the successful completion of Phase One training. This includes four weekend courses and a 16-day residential training course at Army Training Regiment, […]

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August 17th 2020

A year in the life of an Army Reservist

Working alongside their Regular counterparts, Reserves undergo the same training, giving up their spare time to do so.  Here, one of our Army Reserves talks about the breadth of experiences in just one year of being a Reserve. Bdr Dan Burton is a former Fire Support Team (FST) member from 100 Regiment, whose responsibilities include […]

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Lance Corporal Adele Gamblin at the COVID-19 test centre.

July 6th 2020


Earlier this month Army Reservists from 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, based at Sobraon Barracks in Lincoln, deployed at the drive-through mobile Coronavirus testing sites across the East Midlands and East Anglia. The soldiers from 4 (Lincolnshire) Company had been trained to safely collect swabs at the mobile sites before they were sent for […]

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Army load truck with NHS supplies

April 3rd 2020

IMPORTANT: Reservists will support COVID-19

The MOD are working hard to understand an evolving situation with COVID-19 and the contribution that Government requires of Defence’s newly established COVID Support Force. It is now clear that Reserves will be a part of that contribution. At the moment, the intent is that only those Reservists with specific in-demand skills, are being approached […]

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Ex Iron Wolf troops shooting

January 22nd 2020

Exercise Iron Wolf supports Reserves front line training

Exercise Iron Wolf is the country’s largest military exercise, and involved British, German, Estonian and Lithuanian forces. Opportunities for the battalion to train together in large numbers are important for Reservists, who may train just once or twice a month. It is not often the troops will experience such intense fighting, and realistic simulations of […]

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July 24th 2019

Royal Visit for Leicestershire Reserves

This was the first time he has visited the Loughborough based Squadron. The Duke who is the Deputy Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Logistics Corps met with soldiers and received briefs on the work and role of the Regiment. He was also introduced to veterans from the East Midlands Royal Army Medical Corps Association.  In recent […]

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High Sheriff Inspecting Private Dave Upton

July 22nd 2019

High Sheriff Visits Lincolnshire Army Reserves

On the visit to Sobranon Barracks Mr Day toured the building, inspected the troops before presenting Privates Macauley Bagguley and William Park with their Combat Infantry Course certificates.  Major Mitch Pegg, the Officer Commanding explained: “Since the Company was reformed in 2016, it has had a close relationship with successive High Sheriffs and each has […]

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July 16th 2019

1st Military Working Dog Squadron Tackle Commander’s Canine Competition

The arduous 12-kilometre cross-country course included eight military stands that tested the fitness, training, skills and endurance of both the dog handlers and the military working dogs whilst also being a great sporting event. Overall victory went to Team 105A from 105 Military Working Dog Squadron (MWD Sqn). Prizes for the best individual performances were […]

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Steve Cottrell

July 2nd 2019

From Regular to Reservist: Steve continues to set his own pace

He is now Central SHEQ Manager for Morrison Utility Services but in his spare time serves as a Captain in the Royal Engineers and is second in command of a Specialist Royal Engineers Team (STRE) that provides infrastructure support, construction and design expertise for the military. Aged 54, Steve has a tremendous amount of hands […]

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July 2nd 2019

Nottingham Reserve set to retire after 25 years in Parachute Squadron

Major Mike Orpen, aged 60, joined the Reserves in 1991 and has had a distinguished career in 144 Parachute Medical Squadron, where he has been on several international deployments and has commanded the Detachment  amongst many other incredible achievements that he says would encourage him to ‘do it all again’.  Mike said: “I’d do it […]

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