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June 24th 2015

RAF Reservist: “Becoming a Reservist was one of the best decisions I have made”

A Royal Air Force (RAF) Reservist from Nottinghamshire who works as a local councillor is set to take part in Reserves Day today (24 June).

Leading Aircraftsman Ian Campbell, from Retford, serves with 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron at RAF Wittering, and will wear his military uniform at work to celebrate Reserves Day, formally known as ‘Uniform to Work Day.’

In his day-to-day life, Ian, aged 28, represents the residents of Retford West ward and helps to address concerns about their local area, while also working as a Branch Support Officer for the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) to recruit new members.

Ian originally joined the RAF Reserve to gain new qualifications and skills separate to his full-time civilian career.

He explained: “I wanted to do something that wasn’t part of my everyday life, and learning new skills and meeting new people while retaining my full-time employment really appealed to me.

“Joining the RAF Reserve has helped me to learn more about an environment I knew nothing about, as well as gaining new qualifications to successfully get a new job. By joining the RAF as a Reservist you commit to 27 days service per year, which includes two weeks of general RAF training, and at least 12 weekend or holiday days for additional training, trade training, or training exercises.”

504 Squadron is responsible for proving a unit of trained and equipped logistics personnel to support the RAF on operations, both at home and abroad.

Ian said: “My role at the squadron compliments my position with RAFA by enabling me to identify with the Service family and environment. Military team building and leadership exercises have boosted my effectiveness as a councillor and raised my standing amongst the electorate.”

Ian added that since joining the Reserves in January 2014 he has had the chance to travel abroad with members of his squadron where he has taken part in activities including parading, shooting, scuba diving, and learning to parachute.

He said: “I have done so much while serving with 504 Squadron and fully believe that becoming a Reservist was one of the best decisions I have made. I would encourage anyone to join the RAF as a Reservist as you get the best of both worlds and there is always something new and exciting to get involved in.”

504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron are recruiting. To find out more contact 0345 6069069 or search online for www.raf.mod.uk

“I wanted to do something that wasn’t part of my everyday life, and learning new skills and meeting new people while retaining my full-time employment really appealed to me."