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June 18th 2015

Measham Reservist wears her uniform to work

A Reservist from Measham is set to wear her uniform in to work next week in support of Reserves Day.

Recruit Lattrice Davis, aged 21, is currently serving with HMS Sherwood the East Midlands’ only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit, and is taking part in Reserves Day on Wednesday 24 June for the first time to raise awareness about the Reserve Forces in the surrounding community.

Working as a Waitress in her civilian life at Appleby Inn Hotel, Lattrice explained: “I joined HMS Sherwood in October last year so this is the first opportunity I have had to take part in Reserves Day. My civilian employer has been very supportive of my military commitments so far allowing me extra time off for training when I have needed it.

“I decided to wear my military uniform into my civilian workplace as I want to give my colleagues and our customers the opportunity to ask questions about my secondary career and what they could expect if they were to come along to the unit to find out more about joining themselves.”

Reserves Day is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the important part that our Reserve Forces play in supporting the UK’s defence capability. The event is one of a series of activities 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.

Lattrice Davis outside HMS Sherwood in NottinghamLattrice continued: “I was recommended to HMS Sherwood after I visited my local Armed Forces Careers Office. I’m so pleased I came along as I have been made to feel really welcome by all of the current Reservists and have found that it has been easy to balance my military commitments around both my civilian job and family life.

“One of the highlights of my time at HMS Sherwood so far was when I visited HMS Lancaster, one of the unit’s affiliated warships, in Liverpool. The Type 23 Frigate is based in Portsmouth and works closely with HMS Sherwood to provide quality sea training for Reservists like me.

“The ship’s affiliation began late last year so it was fantastic to be one of the first Reservists from HMS Sherwood to visit.”

Minister for Reserves, Julian Brazier, said: “Reservists are a vital part of our Armed Forces and play a huge role in protecting the nation’s security at home and overseas. We are indebted to these men and women who give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces so that should their country need them they are ready to serve; anywhere, anytime. As Winston Churchill said ‘The Reservist is twice the citizen’.

“Reserves Day is an opportunity for all to recognise and celebrate the work of the Reserve Forces and the individuals themselves. We are extraordinarily proud of our Reservists, and it’s important we tell them that and show them our support on this day.”

“I joined HMS Sherwood in October last year so this is the first opportunity I have had to take part in Reserves Day. My civilian employer has been very supportive of my military commitments so far allowing me extra time off for training when I have needed it."