News

June 18th 2015

Reservist: “I am actively encouraged to show my support at work”

A Reservist from Loughborough has told of how his employers have encouraged him to wear his uniform to work as part of Reserves Day on 24 June.

Sub-Lieutenant Phil Lewin, aged 34, who serves with HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands’ only Royal Naval Reserve unit, works full-time at Rolls-Royce in Derby and told of how his employers have always been supportive of his military commitments.

Working as a Supplier Quality Manager, Phil is responsible for liaising with colleagues all over the world to ensure the supplier quality requirements reflect the needs of customers.

Explaining why he wanted to take part in Reserves Day, formerly known as ‘Uniform to Work Day’, Phil said: “Rolls-Royce are a keen supporter of all military personnel and urge us to bring our skills and military experience into the workplace. I am actively encouraged to show my support at work and I feel it is important to recognise the contribution of the Armed Forces in the community.

“Being able to wear my military uniform into the work place is a symbol of recognition of the support my employer gives to my duties as a Reservist.”

Phil originally joined the Royal Naval Reserve to ‘give something back’ and explained that he wanted to make a real difference.

He explained: “As a Royal Naval Reservist you support the regular full-time Royal Navy in their wider role of protecting the UK’s interests, as well as having the opportunity to take part in activities you would not be able to do in civilian life.

“As part of my Junior Officer Training I served with HMS Ocean for two weeks in the Mediterranean and later travelled to Gibraltar for the annual Command Post Exercise Training which was a once in a life time experience.”

Phil also explained that his role at HMS Sherwood has allowed him to be mobilised as part of the London 2012 Olympics security team.

He said: “The chance to be mobilised was a fantastic opportunity to experience another aspect of life as a Reservist while helping to increase the profile of the Armed Forces in the public eye. I look forward to further opportunities in the coming months.”

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.”

HMS Sherwood is recruiting. To find out more call 07818 017825 or email navymr-sherwoodsm@mod.co.uk

“Being able to wear my military uniform into the work place is a symbol of recognition of the support my employer gives to my duties as a Reservist.”