Archive - Army Reserve

April 24th 2024

Lincoln Reservist ventures to South Africa in preparation for Inter-Services Twenty20

After touching down on South African soil, the Army Cricket team started their tour in Stellenbosch. Having spent 5 days there, they were able to play against local teams, explore some of the beautiful mountain ranges and visit the vineyards at Franschoek. The team then moved on to Cape Town on the coast to play […]

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March 27th 2024

Award-winning vehicle workshop and training facility officially opens at Kingsway Army Reserve Centre

VIPs rubbed shoulders with Soldiers, their families and employers as they toured Kingsway Army Reserve Centre’s new workshop, state-of-the-art gymnasium and training area. His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mrs Elizabeth Fothergill CBE, formally opened the new building during a plaque-unveiling ceremony, days after the workshop was recognised with a commendation award in Derby Civic Society’s […]

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March 20th 2024

Derby Reservist trains for Cyprus peacekeeping

Lance Corporal Jodie Culley is coming to the end of training before setting off in April for the six-month deployment on the divided island. Jodie serves as a vehicle mechanic with 103 Battalion Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers (103 Bn REME), based at the Kingsway Army Reserve Centre in Derby. Rather than going to Cyprus in […]

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March 13th 2024

Critical care nurse on being mobilised to serve with the United Nations

Lance Corporal Frances Reed is an Army Reservist with 350 (The Robin Hood Foresters) Field Squadron, Royal Engineers, based in Nottingham. In September 2023, the 33-year-old volunteered to be deployed on Op Tosca – a six-month peacekeeping mission – which is her first mobilisation since joining the Reserves a decade earlier. LCpl Reed, who is […]

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British Army Soldiers take on Exercise Cambrian Patrol in 2022. Photo: British Army.

February 16th 2024

Exercise Cambrian Patrol: Reservist on ‘the best and worst days of my life’

For Second Lieutenant (2Lt) Christian Saunders that punishing scenario was his reality as a cohort from East Midlands University Officer Training Corps (EMUOTC) tackled Exercise Cambrian Patrol, the ultimate challenge in navigation, fieldcraft, tactics and soldiering. “It was the best and worst three days of my life,” said the 20-year-old, describing the exercise in October […]

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Soldiers from 203 (Loughborough) Transport Squadron.

January 17th 2024

203 (Loughborough) Transport Squadron open evening: the Army Reserves can offer you more in 2024

Reservists serve in their spare time and play a critical role in national defence and security, from countering threats, peacekeeping, and humanitarian efforts abroad, to supporting communities and national resilience at home. Reservists within 203 (Loughborough) Transport Squadron are taught to drive a wide range of vehicles, such as 15-tonne trucks and enhanced palletized loading […]

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January 10th 2024

Operation Interflex: Meet the Nottinghamshire Soldier training Ukraine’s Armed Forces in urban warfare

A Nottinghamshire Soldier has spoken of an emotional exchange he shared with a Ukrainian Soldier after helping him to defend his homeland from Russian aggression during Operation Interflex. Corporal James Noble said he has never heard higher praise than the words spoken by a trainee on completion of his training on UK soil. The Infantry […]

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November 14th 2023

Ambush, camouflage and chemical drills: on exercise with Loughborough Transport Squadron in Germany.

Week one on Exercise Halberd Rise was focussed on transport operations as Soldiers drove 15-tonne support vehicles between Monchengladbach and the Goldrund training area. With a realistic enemy force, they practiced HGV road moves; vehicle camouflage and concealment; vehicle anti-ambush manoeuvres; chemical, biological, and radiological drills; and operating rough terrain forklift vehicles in a tactical […]

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November 1st 2023

Welcome to the jungle: Leicester student recalls life-changing British Army deployment to Belize

“How would you like to deploy to Belize for 8 months?” asked the Adjutant of 2 Company, Royal Anglian Regiment – Lt Blackman’s British Army Reserve unit in Leicester. The 24-year-old student took minutes to decide and weeks later in September 2022, he was on a plane to Central America. Now, with his boots back […]

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October 27th 2023

East Midlands University Officer Training Corps complete Exercise Dragon Summit

Exercise participants made their way to the accommodation in Capel Curig, followed by a meeting discussing ability, qualifications, aims, challenges/constraints and what climbing experience participants had. They also ensured all harnesses, helmets and shoes fitted correctly and refreshed everyone’s memory on both taking in and letting out of rope through a belay game. Finally, they […]

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