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December 18th 2015

Reservist: “I wanted to set an example for my children and also challenge myself”

A college Lecturer who joined the Army Reserve during 2015 has shared some of his memories based on what has been a proud 10 months.

Sapper Glenn Brough, aged 48, who lives in Huthwaite, has always had a desire to join the military but other personal commitments have prevented him following his dream in previous times. However, after learning he was still eligible to join the Army Reserve in his 40s Glenn contacted 350 Field Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Royal Engineers, and has not looked back since.

Working full time at New College Nottingham (NCN) as a Lecturer in Plumbing and Heating, Glenn joined the Army Reserve in February 2015. He has three grown-up children, two of which are currently serving with the military. He explained: “I wanted to set an example for my children and also challenge myself. I encouraged my kids to join the military, so joining 350 Field Squadron was my chance to show them what I can achieve too. Being a member of the Army Reserve is fantastic, the training is very exciting within our new EOD Search role and my only regret is that I didn’t join up earlier.”

350 Field Squadron (EOD) is coming to the end of its first complete year of transformation from an air support role to its new EOD search role. During 2015, it’s Reservists who work in a variety of roles in their civilian careers from retail assistants to professional engineers, have supported operational exercises in Jordan and Denmark as well as taking part in a NATO Patrol Competition in Italy.

350 Field Squadron (EOD) is one of two Reserve squadrons that form part of 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD). The Regiment’s regular headquarters and squadrons are based at Carver Barracks in Wimbish and it maintains a pool of Parachute, Commando and Dive trained personnel to enable EOD and Search Support to all areas of the Armed Forces.

Lance Corporal Stephen Nightingale, who lives in Matlock, has just completed the famous parachute selection course and is now eligible to wear the coveted maroon beret.  He is now looking forward to attending the Basic Parachutist Course and qualifying to wear the parachute wings on his uniform. He explained: “I enjoy pushing myself and my personal fitness has developed since I joined the Army Reserve.  Thanks to my new skills, I’ve become a personal trainer in my civilian life. Completing the Parachutists course seemed like the next step for me, and I get paid to do it to through my Army Reserve career which is great.”

Closer to home 350 Field Squadron has also taken great pride this year in representing the Armed Forces at local services of remembrance in Long Eaton and Chesterfield also.

If you are aged between 18-50 years and are interested in a paid part time career with 350 Field Squadron in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire, contact 0115 946 4909 (ext.5217) or email 33ENGR-350-WO-RRMT@mod.uk for more information.

"Being a member of the Army Reserve is fantastic, the training is very exciting within our new EOD Search role and my only regret is that I didn’t join up earlier.”