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June 22nd 2015

Taking part in Reserves Day

On 24 June 2015, Reservists up and down the country will wear their military uniforms into the workplace as part of Reserves Day, formerly known as ‘Uniform to Work Day.’

Reserves Day is an opportunity to celebrate the important role that Reservists play in supporting the UK’s defence capability. Below you can read more about Reservists from the East Midlands taking part in the event.

 

 

Royal Naval Reservist: “You get out what you put in to your Reservist role”

 

Sam Martin in her Royal Naval Reserve uniform at workA Reservist, who lives in Hucknall, is taking part in Reserves Day on 24 June to raise awareness about the Armed Forces.

Unit Coxswain Sam Martin, aged 45, joined HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands’ only Royal Naval Reserve unit, 28 years ago but this is the first time she has taken part in the event, that was formally known as Uniform to Work Day.

Sam explained: “I decided to take part in Reserves Day to raise awareness about the benefits that being a Reservist can bring personally to individuals, and how Reserves are generally an important part of our Armed Forces community.”

As well as being a Reservist, Sam works full time as a civil servant based at Chetwynd Barracks in Nottingham as part of the British Army’s 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group. She continued: “170 Engineer Group is a hybrid unit that includes both regular soldiers and Reservists, so my knowledge of how the Reserve Forces operate really helps me in my day job.

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Bulwell Reservist wears his uniform to college

Sapper Glenn Brough and Sapper Scott Elsmore take part in Reserves DayA Reservist, who lives in Bulwell, is set to wear his military uniform into his civilian workplace this week, to raise awareness about the Reserve Forces locally.

Sapper Scott Elsmore, aged 23, joined the 350 Field Squadron (EOD) Royal Engineers, an Army Reserve unit based in Nottingham, two years ago and is taking part in Reserves Day on 24 June to give his colleagues at New College Nottingham (NCN) the opportunity to find out more about his part-time career and what he does when he is away on training exercises or taking part in other competitions.

Working as Lecturer in Plastering at NCN’s Basford Campus, Scott explained: “This is the first time I have taken part in Reserves Day. The students I teach and my colleagues at work all take an active interest in me being in the Army Reserve and are always quite eager to hear my stories when I have been away for training or have been taking part in some adventurous training.”

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Newark Reservist takes part in Reserves Day

Reservist Rob Jones with his line manager Tracy LitherlandA Reservist, who lives in Newark, is set to wear his military uniform in to his civilian workplace next week to raise awareness about the Armed Forces.

Leading Hand Rob Jones, aged 25, is currently serving with HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands’ only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit, and is supporting Reserves Day on Wednesday 24 June, by wearing his naval uniform in to the office.

Employed as a Workforce Trainer with Nottingham CityCare Partnership CIC, Rob explained how this is the first time he has taken part in Reserves Day: “My civilian employer has been both supportive and understanding of my military commitments, allowing me extra time out where needed to complete training exercises. By wearing my RNR uniform in to the office I hope to raise awareness about my unit and give my friends, colleagues and workplace visitors the chance to ask any questions they may have about my part-time military career.”

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Measham Reservist wears her uniform to work

Recruit Davis on the bridgeA 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.

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

Sub-Lieutenant Phil LewinA 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.

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Huthwaite Reservist wears his uniform to college

Sapper Glenn Brough and Sapper Scott Elsmore_press releaseA Reservist, who lives in Huthwaite, is set to wear his military uniform into his civilian workplace this week to demonstrate that he is proud to be living out his life-long dream of joining the Army Reserve.

Sapper Glenn Brough, aged 48, joined 350 Field Squadron (EOD) Royal Engineers, an Army Reserve unit based in Nottingham, in February this year; he is taking part in Reserves Day on 24 June to give his colleagues at New College Nottingham (NCN) the opportunity to find out more about his part-time career and his Army Reserve experiences to date.

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Ilkeston Reservist set to take part in Reserves Day

Richard Cooke outside his civilian workplaceA Reservist, who works for the NHS in his civilian career, is planning to wear his military uniform in to work this week (24 June) to raise awareness about the Reserve Forces in the local area.

Able Seaman Richard Cooke, aged 28, who lives in Ilkeston, joined HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands’ only Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit in 2009 and has never looked back since.

Richard explained that although he recently moved jobs, his new employer has been very supportive of his RNR commitments to date. He said: “I previously worked as a Primary Teaching Assistant working with children who had special needs, but recently began working at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

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

Ian Campbell takes part in Reserves DayA 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.

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Tesco colleague wears his military uniform in to the store

Private Andy Markham-Jenkins with his line manager Ian Black at Tesco in Market RasenA supermarket worker, who lives in Newtoft, is set to wear his military uniform into his civilian workplace today (24 June) to help to raise awareness about the Reserve Forces.

Private Andy Markham-Jenkins, aged 34, joined 3 Royal Anglian, 2 Company, who train at Sobraon Barracks in Lincoln, in 2010 and is now living out his life-long dream of joining the Armed Forces.

Working as Customer Service Assistant in the Chilled Aisle at Tesco in Market Rasen, Andy will wear his military uniform in to his civilian workplace as part of Reserves Day. He explained: “This is the second time I will have worn my Army Reserve uniform in to Tesco. I am really proud to be a part of the Armed Forces community, so I wanted to take this opportunity to raise awareness about our local Reserve Forces and answer any questions the store’s customers or my colleagues may have about my part-time role.”

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