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Gnr Fildes

Gnr Kirsty Fildes

Kirsty Fildes, from Bramley in Leeds, wanted to join the British Army for personal development, new challenges, opportunities to learn new skills and a sense of achievement. Up until now, however, she never got the opportunity to do this due to other commitments. She decided to join the Army Reserve with 269 (West Riding) Battery, Leeds in late 2014, becoming a fully trained soldier in February 2015. Her next step is to complete her technical training as a Launcher Operator.

Soldier Fildes 101 Regt

This is no mean feat for a single mother, working part time in a customer call centre and studying for an Open University Degree in Psychology. Before applying to join, Kirsty did her research online to gain an insight into what life in the Reserves would be like. She chose to apply online. This was swiftly followed up with an interview at her local Army Careers Office, an Assessment Centre Selection Course at Glencorse in Scotland and soldier training at Grantham.

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The selection process and recruit training has been a huge learning curve for Kirsty, learning the Army's Values and Standards and the primary skills required to be a soldier, including map reading, fitness, weapon handling and first aid. Kirsty feels she has developed as a person through the training she has received in communication, problem solving and decision making, teamwork and interpersonal skills; all of which have made her a more rounded person, providing her with skills and opportunities that very few other employers could offer.
None of this would have been possible without the amazing support and encouragement from Kirtsy’s family and friends who have supported her and her daughter throughout the process and constantly reminded her of how proud they are of her achievements.

She believes the attitude of the MoD towards women in the Army has changed for the better with more and more opportunities becoming available. Asked what it is like for a woman serving in the Armed Forces and what her best experience was to date Kirsty said:

“It's the same as it is for men. My soldier training and inclusion in the Regimental Shooting Team have been my best experiences to date, but I am looking forward to other opportunities. This year members of our Regiment have had the opportunity to ski in the French Alps and train with our American counterparts in New Mexico, USA”.

There are opportunities for all walks of life in the Army Reserve. Since enlisting Kirtsy has met people from a variety of backgrounds with a range of other interests and commitments. She would definitely recommend the Army Reserve, it’s a life less ordinary.

“I am extremely proud of my achievements to date, as a serving Reservist this is my chance to test myself against other soldiers, better myself and serve my country. It is what I joined the Army to do, this is a totally new challenge; one which I am prepared for and shall relish over the coming years.”

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