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My Story - Capt Reid

Captain Reid gives her account of life as an Officer in the Army Reserve

Call 37 Sig Regt

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The journey from shy student to Sandhurst

I joined my local Army Reserve unit as a student and signed up during a clubs and societies fair. At first I found it a really alien experience, intimidating (I was quite shy) and as I didn’t have a car at Uni it was difficult to get in to the unit. I cycled or got the bus to start with but once I got to know people I was able to get lifts with them.

I love sports and being outdoors and I really enjoyed my selection and basic training. It was something completely different: being taught to look after yourself “in the field”, learning to shoot and assemble a rifle and making new friends. Most activities are done as part of a team and you quickly develop close bonds.

My self-confidence improved, soon I was much happier in front of a group and I gained experience instructing. When I felt I knew enough about being a soldier to be in charge I undertook my Officer training. This was a challenging process, I put in plenty of physical and mental preparation, worked hard and stepped out of my comfort zone, achieving things I didn’t know I was capable of.

My “Pass out” parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in front of my family was a very proud moment.

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Life as an Officer in the Army Reserve

I am now in charge of a troop of 20 soldiers. I have gained a huge amount of hands-on leadership experience and I find managing and developing my soldiers very rewarding. I have also been paid to undertake lots of sport and adventurous training, including attaining my ski instructor qualification. I have also been on communications and military exercises to France and Germany, raced on the ski biathlon team in Sweden, gained ITIL and ILM qualifications, learnt to drive Land Rovers off-road and made many lifelong friends. I have also been trained so that I can deploy on UK Operations in a command and control or liaison role.

I would say that you should view joining the Army Reserve as a long-term decision (5 years +) to get the most out of it. You will need to be patient and committed to get your initial training out of the way but then the opportunities will really start to appear and your pay will really improve.

Joining as a student is good because the extra money really helps and you will potentially have more spare time than you will have once you start working. The skills and experience you gain will make your CV stand out and give you ready-made interview answers when you are applying for jobs after University. Following Graduation, you can always transfer to a different Army Reserve unit in your new area.

The skills I gained really helped me to get a job after Uni managing a team of 10 people.

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