March 1st 2016

“My volunteering has developed in line with my civilian career.”

Chris Evans from LNR ACF

A volunteer from Leicestershire has described how the Army Cadet Force (ACF) has helped him to climb the career ladder.

Sergeant Major Instructor Chris Evans, aged 28, who lives in Fleckney, Leicestershire, originally joined Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland (LNR) ACF as a cadet and has since gone onto spend a further 11 years as an adult volunteer.

On a day-to-day basis, Chris works full time as an Electrical Control Engineer in the Pharmaceutical industry, a role that sees him design, test and commission a variety of machinery. He explained: “When I initially started volunteering as an adult with the ACF, I had just started my electrical control apprenticeship which meant that I was learning a new role both in and out of my civilian workplace. I would definitely say that my volunteering has developed in line with my civilian career as I have gained confidence, management skills, taken on new responsibilities and developed my communication skills.

“I feel like I owe a lot to the ACF as I have personally gained a lot from volunteering professionally, as well as it allowing me to meet loads of new friends that enjoy similar activities to me.”

During the past 11 years, Chris has trained with detachments in Oadby and Wigston in Leicestershire, before he took on the role of Assistant Training Officer for the Northamptonshire area.

Chris described how his new role allows him to use his new found organisational skills to plan for events as well as support Detachment Commanders with their training programmes. He continued: “Being a volunteer means that I give up my free time to help young people to learn new skills as well as organising a range of fun activities. I now travel to a number of different ACF detachments from Brackley to the centre of Northampton to make sure that the local adult volunteers have the resources and equipment they need to organise a varied training schedule.

“I’m really looking forward to helping to organise our skiing trip next year as this will involve planning an overseas visit in which a number of our cadets will putting on their skis for the first time.”

To find out more about joining LNR ACF as an adult volunteer visit or call 0116 277 9701.

“I feel like I owe a lot to the ACF as I have personally gained a lot from volunteering professionally."