NEWS

JUNE 15TH 2017

Promoting Reserves Day in West Bridgford

HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands’ only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit, and representatives from the Royal Air Force (RAF) Reserve are set to take part in a civic engagement event next week to raise awareness about the Reserve Forces in the region.

The units will host information stands outside County Hall in West Bridgford on Reserves Day, 21 June.

Reservists will be available to speak to council representatives about their role in the Services and provide further details about how to join.

Reserves Day takes place every year and is organised to recognise the valuable contribution reservists make to our Armed Forces.

Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career to ensure that should their country require them, they would be ready to serve as part of the military.

Nottinghamshire County Council currently employs four reservists. Councillor Keith Girling, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “With the reservists playing such a vital role within the United Kingdom’s Defence Strategy it is important we recognise how much their contribution is as they stand side by side with regular forces in theatres around the world. Hosting a Reserves Day event helps demonstrate our gratitude.”

Warrant Officer Class 1 Sean Jones, from HMS Sherwood, said: “It is important for us to engage with members of the public and raise the profile of our unit whenever we can. Some people are surprised that there is a RNR unit in Nottingham as we are quite far away from the sea, but there are so many opportunities for our reservists to take part in training activities, travel and meet new people I would encourage anyone looking for a new challenge to get in touch with us.”

Flight Sergeant Mark Day from the RAF Reserve’s 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron, said: “504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron will be taking part in the forthcoming Reserves Day event hosted by Nottinghamshire County Council.  As a Specialist Logistic Unit, 504 Squadron are looking to recruit and train members of the public, from all walks of life, to become reservists in their spare time. Opportunities exist to become chefs, drivers or warehouse and distribution specialists – no previous experience is required.

“Once trained reservists can be called upon to work alongside the full-time RAF both at home and abroad.  Our recruiting team will be on hand to explain the exciting and interesting opportunities we have to offer, how it works, and how integral reserves service is to RAF operational output.”

"With the reservists playing such a vital role within the United Kingdom’s Defence Strategy it is important we recognise how much their contribution is as they stand side by side with regular forces in theatres around the world. Having Reserves Day helps demonstrate our gratitude.”