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June 22nd 2017

Lecturer wears his uniform to work for Reserves Day

Normally lecturer Major Rob Spalton is the only person in his class not wearing uniform – but not on Reserves Day 2017.

In his day job Rob lectures at the Royal Air Force (RAF) College at Cranwell where the RAF’s new officers and crew are trained.

He’s also a member of the Army Reserve and the Officer Commanding of C (Kohima) Company, 4th Battalion, The Mercian Regiment.

Reservist Rob Spalton

Reservist Rob Spalton

To mark Reserves Day on Wednesday, 21 June he was one of many reservists across the country to wear their uniform to work.

Rob spent 16 years in the regular Army with The Rifles regiment (formerly The Light Infantry) before taking on his current role which is funded by the University of Portsmouth.

Now he passes on the information gained from his vast experiences which includes tours of Northern Ireland, Iraq, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan to the brightest young RAF prospects.

Rob said: “On Reserves Day I was teaching Contemporary Conflicts, including about Afghanistan, so there is a direct synergy between the day job and the reserves role which in turn links back into my teaching role. Having that experience and being a current reservist gives you a lot of credibility in the job.”

Rob is now enjoying his role as a lecturer as well as overseeing the Nottinghamshire based C (Kohima) Company.

He continued “Leaving the regular Army was a very difficult decision for me but being a reservist has provided me with the best of both worlds.

“I still thoroughly enjoy being a serving soldier but with the reserves I get a bit more stability.

“I’ve a very good team around me at C (Kohima) Company and it’s important that my bosses in the day job at RAF Cranwell and University of Portsmouth are very supportive of my reservist commitments.”

C (Kohima) Company, 4th Battalion, The Mercian Regiment train on Tuesday nights in Bulwell. For more information contact 0115 9272251 or email 4MERC-C-PSAO@mod.uk

“Leaving the regular Army was a very difficult decision for me but being a reservist has provided me with the best of both worlds."