News

February 16th 2016

Supporting individual development

Private Lee Shiels

A Reservist from Loughborough has been selected to attend a regular commissioning course to become a full-time Officer in the Army.

Private Lee Shiels, aged 22, initially joined 203 (Loughborough) Transport Squadron in July 2013 when he was studying a Foundation Degree Course  at Loughborough College and is now planning to take part in a 44 week officer training course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Since joining the Army Reserve as a student, Lee has completed four weeks of intensive basic soldier training which included assessments in physical fitness, weapon handling and field craft as well as gaining an understanding of military terminology, First Aid and map reading. He has also embraced the opportunity to take part sailing and shooting activities as well as competing in a 158 Regiment Military Skills Competition and an International Military Skills Competition in Altcar, near Liverpool during 2015.

Lee is set to join Sandhurst in May 2016, he explained: “I’ve always wanted to be a regular (full-time) soldier but joined the Army Reserve when I was studying to gain experience and earn a bit of extra money. I’ve benefited greatly from being a Reservist as I’ve taken part in loads of fun activities I probably couldn’t have afforded to do by myself including kayaking, skiing and sailing. I achieved my driver Class Three Qualification last year too, so I’m sure I’ve made the most of my time at the unit.”

A number of Lee’s family have previously served in the Armed Forces, which has encouraged him to work towards becoming an Officer in the Army. Lee continued: “It’s obviously early days as I haven’t started my Sandhurst course yet, but I am looking forward to being a soldier on a full-time basis.”

Captain Ben Wing from 203 (Loughborough) Transport Squadron said: “Each of our Reservists is highly trained to provide a variety of logistics support on potential operations. We are delighted that Lee has decided to join the Army on a full time basis, as it shows that he has enjoyed all of the training he has completed with us as a Reservist.”

If you are looking for a new challenge in your spare time 203 (Loughborough) Transport Squadron are recruiting military drivers, chefs, communications specialists, combat medical technicians and military clerks.

To find out more call 01509 263 742 or email 158rlc-203-rsuso@mod.uk

"I’ve benefited greatly from being a Reservist as I’ve taken part in loads of fun activities I probably couldn’t have afforded to do by myself including kayaking, skiing and sailing."