June 18th 2014


An Army Reservist, who lives in Nottingham, and trains with the Royal Yeomanry, based at the Army Reserve Centre on Cavendish Drive in Carlton, is set to take part in Uniform to Work Day to help raise the profile of being a Reservist locally.

Trooper Mahmood Besharate, aged 36, joined the Army Reserve around two years ago after deciding he wanted a new challenge.

As a civilian Mahmood works as an Engineer at James Engineering, in Alfreton, Derbyshire and explained that his employer is very supportive of his Reservist commitments: “My employer has been great and understands the benefits of my military training. I decided to take part in Uniform to Work Day this year to promote the work that Reservists do and working alongside regular (full-time) soldiers.”

Uniform to Work Day is taking place on Wednesday 25 June. By wearing their military uniforms to work, Reservists are visibly demonstrating their dual roles – both civilian and military.

Mahmood explained that since joining the Army Reserve he hasn’t looked back: “I am proud to be a part of the Army Reserve and would recommend it to anyone interested in joining. I’ve met some great people and have been able to balance my two careers and sporting interests well so far.”

Mahmood Besharate with his line manager Carl Harriman at James EngineeringMahmood Besharate with his line manager Carl Harriman at James EngineeringIn Mahmood’s spare time he enjoys keeping fit and is also a keen cage fighter.

Carl Harriman, Works Manager, at James Engineering, said: “We are pleased to support Mahmood and his Reservist commitments at James Engineering. We understand the benefits he brings back to our business such as enhanced training, commitment and motivation. By wearing his uniform to work he hopes to raise the profile of the role he is doing locally.”