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October 5th 2016

Gaining medical qualifications through the Army Reserve

Reservist Matt Turton

A Close Protection Operative has gained medical qualifications through the Army Reserve, allowing him to enhance his CV and take his civilian career in a new direction.

Private Matt Turton, aged 37, serves as a reservist with 222 Medical Squadron in Leicester. He joined the Army Reserve in 2014 to gain new qualifications that he hoped would benefit him in his civilian life.

Matt, who lives in Coventry, explained: “I work as a Close Protection Operative in my day job. I have worked in all aspects of the industry from VIP and celebrity protection, as well as sometimes working in hostile environments.”

Over the past two years, Matt has completed his Phase 1 Alpha and Phase 2 Bravo courses to become a trained soldier, as well as achieving his Combat Medical Technician Class 2 and 3 certificates.

Speaking about his ambition to move his career in a new direction, Matt commented: “I have just made it through the screening process with West Midlands Ambulance Service for a position as a student paramedic. I believe that the training and skills I have acquired through the Army Reserve have gone some way to getting me this far. The competition for these student positions is high so I would like to think that having military-based medical qualifications has given me a slight advantage during the selection process.”

Matt’s role at 222 Medical Squadron sees him work as part of the unit’s recruiting team who are responsible for encouraging recruits to join, as well as mentoring new starters.

In his spare time Matt enjoys taking part in martial arts and has trained for 27 years in various disciplines including Muay Thai and Jeet Kun Do.

Explaining why he would encourage others to join the Reserve Forces, Matt said: “Being a reservist gives you the opportunity to push yourself out of your comfort zone, as well as having good fun taking part in both military and adventure training events. The camaraderie in my unit is also great and we welcome any new starters to join us.”

“Being a reservist gives you the opportunity to push yourself out of your comfort zone, as well as having good fun taking part in both military and adventure training events."