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November 14th 2014

ARMY RESERVIST: “JOINING THE ARMY RESERVE PROVIDED THE CHALLENGE I WAS LOOKING FOR”

A Reservist from Nottingham has taken time out to explain how the Army Reserve has provided him with a new challenge in life as well as giving him an opportunity to build his professional trade experience.

 

Chris PrattChris PrattLance Corporal Chris Pratt, aged 29, trains as part of 350 (Sherwood Foresters) Field Squadron (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) based in Chilwell, Nottingham.

After leaving his home town of Lichfield in Staffordshire a few years ago, Chris moved to Nottingham working as a Plumber on a day-to-day basis. However, he needed a new challenge and wanted to meet some new people.

Chris explained: “Being away from my home town I wanted to meet like-minded people and the Army Reserve allowed me to do this. I wanted to do something worthwhile in my spare time that would challenge me and give me a chance to learn new skills. I’ve now been in the Reserves for just over four years.

“I had the chance to go to Afghanistan in 2013 which was the goal I set myself when I joined up. I was based in Kabul and was able to use my civilian trade skills out there by ensuring hot water systems were running as they should and that drinking water tanks were running properly. Due to the harsh winter temperatures at night in Afghanistan it was a challenge to keep on top of these maintenance tasks. It reached -14c sometimes!

“The trade experience I gained on tour was great as I can add this onto my CV to demonstrate how I can work under pressure and perform successfully in a challenging environment.”

Eight years into his Army Reserve career Chris is a Second in Command managing a section of eight soldiers.

Chris continued: “As a part of 33 Engineer Regiment 350 Field Squadron (EOD) is a part of a specialist Explosive Ordinance Disposal and Advanced Search Regiment for the Corps of Engineers. This is an extremely interesting area to work in and I can honestly say I haven’t looked back since becoming a Reservist. The Army Reserve has allowed me to travel to many different places for training such as Cyprus and Scotland, as well as giving me the opportunity to serve my country in Afghanistan.”

In his spare time Chris enjoys keeping fit so also commented that the varied adventure training programme offered through the Reserve Force has been a bonus for him.

350 Field Squadron is holding an open evening at Foresters House, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 6GX on Tuesday 25 November from 7.30pm, all are welcome and no booking is needed.

Visitors will be able to view and ‘get their hands on’ EOD equipment used on operations. To find out more call 0115 9464909 or email 33ENGR-350-WO-RRMT@mod.uk