Stephen pays tribute to Reservists and praises their ‘vital contribution’ to our nation’s security

TODAY (Wednesday, June 24) is Reserves Day – an annual event highlighting and recognising the valuable contribution Reservists make to our Armed Forces, as part of the activity running up to official Armed Forces Day.

Stephen is pictured on a Reserve Forces training day last year

Stephen is pictured on a Reserve Forces training day last year

Stephen used the opportunity to pay tribute to Reservists and praise their ‘vital contribution’ to our nation’s security.

Reservists make up around a sixth of the country’s Armed Forces personnel, and figures show that in 2014/15 more than 1,000 were called into service, supporting operations worldwide including in Afghanistan and Northern Iraq, and as part of the UK’s effort to counter Ebola in Sierra Leone.

Stephen, who is Vice-Chair (Army) of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Armed Forces and has spent time with serving armed forces personnel in Afghanistan, Norway and Cyprus, said: “I am proud of the vital contribution Reservists make to our nation’s security; they give up their own time to serve, balancing civilian life with a military career.

“Having spent time with Reservists in the UK, in the Brecon Beacons and Salisbury Plain, and overseas, I know the crucial contribution they make in providing added capability and expertise – particularly in specialised areas like medical and cyber, bringing skills from civvy street to the frontline.

“The work of Reservists often goes underestimated, which is why Reserves Day is such an important occasion.”

He added: “If you, or your employer, have any questions about becoming a Reservist and want to know more about the challenging and rewarding experience, get in touch with the local Armed Forces careers centre.”

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *