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June 22nd 2015

Huthwaite Reservist wears his uniform to college

A Reservist, who lives in Huthwaite, is set to wear his military uniform into his civilian workplace this week to demonstrate that he is proud to be living out his life-long dream of joining the Army Reserve.

Sapper Glenn Brough, aged 48, joined 350 Field Squadron (EOD) Royal Engineers, an Army Reserve unit based in Nottingham, in February this year; he is taking part in Reserves Day on 24 June to give his colleagues at New College Nottingham (NCN) the opportunity to find out more about his part-time career and his Army Reserve experiences to date.

Working as Lecturer in Plumbing at NCN’s Basford Campus, Glenn explained: “This is the first time I have taken part in Reserves Day, and I can honestly say that I am proud to be wearing my military uniform in to my normal place of work to raise awareness about the Reserve Forces.

Sapper Glenn Brough and Sapper Scott Elsmore take part in Reserves Day“I was going to join the regular (full-time) Army in the 1980’s but other personal commitments put my dream on hold. I went on to train as a plumber and have a family, but have always regretted not joining the military.

“Going into my 40s I thought I was too old to join the Army Reserve, but my interest never faded particularly as I often heard stories about military activities from another colleague who was already serving with the Reserve Forces.”

You can apply to become a Reservist soldier when you’re 17 years and 9 months – ready to start when you turn 18. You can join until the day before your 50th birthday, although there are higher age limits for some specialist roles.

Glenn continued: “I have three children and two of them are currently serving with the Army. When it was confirmed that I wasn’t too old to join up I got in touch with 350 Field Squadron (EOD), and have been made to feel really welcome. Being in the Army Reserve is ‘keeping me young’. I enjoy the banter with my fellow Reservists, my fitness levels have increased, I have taken part in some interesting engineering-based training and more than anything I am delighted to say I’m now doing what I have always wanted – as well as continuing with my full-time civilian career at NCN.”

Tracey Hutchinson, is Glenn’s line manager at NCN. She said: “We recognise the important role our Reservists play in the community and so we’re delighted to support Reserves Day. As a College, we promote lifelong learning and employability, and Glenn is providing an excellent example to our students. Learning doesn’t always have to take place in the classroom and we encourage our students to take up as many opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills as they can. We offer courses in Public Services which act as a springboard into careers in the armed forces, so it’s very important to us to recognise the contribution made by members of our own staff team to the forces locally, nationally and internationally.”

Glenn is one of two Royal Engineers from 350 Field Squadron (EOD) taking part in Reserves Day at NCN. Sapper Scott Elsmore, also a lecturer, encouraged Glenn to join the Army Reserve and is also taking part in the event this month.

Reserves Day is one of a series of events that will take place in the run up to Armed Forces Day and celebrates all those who volunteer their free time to serve with the military.

350 Field Squadron (EOD) are recruiting, to find out more information call 0115 9464909 (Ext 5217) or email 33ENGR-350-RRMT-WO@MOD.UK

To find out more about the Army Reserve visit www.army.mod.uk

“I have three children and two of them are currently serving with the Army. When it was confirmed that I wasn’t too old to join up I got in touch with 350 Field Squadron (EOD), and have been made to feel really welcome."