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My story: LCpl Roy Jones

My role at Support Squadron is a Combat Medical Technician (CMT) in the Royal Army Medical Corps. We provide medical support to the troops at 37 Signal Regiment ranging from first aid to primary healthcare to ensure they are medically fit for service.

I joined the Army Reserves in 2010 having previously served as a Regular soldier in the RAMC and although it was over 16 years since I had left, I missed the camaraderie and the sense of achievement being part of the armed forces gives you.

I've travelled to Germany, France and Afghanistan with the Reserves. The opportunities to train are endless. I have completed My Combat Medical Technician class 3 & 2 course, two vehicle mechanic courses, gained my HGV drivers licence, various Army teaching courses and in 2012 I completed an operational tour of Afghanistan, for which I received a commendation.

Afghanistan was the most challenging thing I have done; I was 40 years old when I went out on tour and although it was very demanding, age is no barrier in the Army reserve and  I was made to feel an essential part of my unit; it was one of my proudest achievements.

One of the great things about the Army Reserves is you get to do lots of fun things like adventure training. I’ve had the chance to test myself with adventurous sports like mountain biking and rock climbing and bond as a team with my fellow reservists.

In my civilian career work for HM Prison service and I teach horticulture to prisoners. The Army Reserve has helped by developing my confidence, fitness and my communication skills and teaching me new skills that I may never have had the chance to do.