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My Story - Sig Khatun

Signaller Khatun gives her perspective on life in the Army Reserve

Call 37 Sig Regt

01527 599324

Background

My name is Shapali Khatun I am a 23 year old Muslim woman. I have been in the Army Reserve for 4 years and am currently working full time as a Recruiter. I joined the Army Reserve because I wanted to gain military experience prior to joining the Regular Army, whilst I still have an ambition to join the Regular Army I have taken on a key role at my unit and wish to progress in rank whilst serving here.

I have been given a number of great opportunities during my time with the Army Reserve, experiences that would not have been possible should I not have been a member.

When I joined I was given the opportunity to complete my basic soldier training on a condensed course called ‘Midlands Challenge’ this was the first time I had ever been away from home alone and was for a duration of four weeks.

For the first two weeks we were taught a variety of skills such as how to March, Navigate, perform first aid and how to use the weapons system.

Over the second two weeks we were assessed on what we had learnt and we were taught in more detail. The four weeks ended with a big Pass Off parade to which we could invite our family and friends to celebrate our achievements.

48 Sig Sqn (V)

Bavaria Skiing Trip

This winter I was given the opportunity to go skiing with my regiment (37 Signal Regiment). I had never been skiing before so I was very enthusiastic and excited about the trip.

On the course we had real good instructors who taught me how to ski, at the beginning of the course I could not stand up in Ski’s let alone move down hill in them but by the end of the ten days the instructors ensured I was a confident skier, enjoying the slopes of Bavaria with my friends.

It was a fantastic experience and an opportunity that I wouldn’t have been given should I have not been in the Army Reserve.

Advanced Signallers Course

I recently attended an advanced signaller’s course where we learnt all about the Bowman Communications system that is currently used within the regiment. We became qualified as level one Maintainers. Our duties include ensuring the communications equipment is always serviceable.

The advanced signaller course has set me apart from my peers as I now share the responsibility in maintaining a lot of the communications equipment our Squadron is responsible for.

I enjoy doing more for my community, being a part of a reputable organisation and aspiring to the high standards set forth by the Army.

Sig Shapali Khatun

48 Sig Sqn (V)

48 Signal Squadron Contact

Telephone: 0121 772 7869 / 0121 753 2597

Email: 37SIG-48-RSUSO@MOD.UK

Golden Hillock Rd
Birmingham
West Midlands
B11 2QG