A Reservist from Clacton credits the skills he has developed in the Army with helping him progress in his civilian career.
“I know that the confidence, leadership and communication skills I’ve learnt in the Reserves helped me to both get the job and make the step up to managing a team,” the 33-year-old said. “I’ve also got an HGV licence and an ADR licence to transport dangerous goods from my service.”
Serving with 158 Regt RLC, based at the Army Reserve Centre in Colchester, is Gus’ second stint in the Army.
“I joined up at 16, didn’t enjoy it and left quite quickly,” the father-of-two said. “I just wasn’t mature enough to handle it. After a few years I had some regrets and thought I’d give it another go in the Reserves to have something a bit different in my life.”
I know that the confidence, leadership and communication skills I’ve learnt in the Reserves helped me to both get the job and make the step up to managing a team." Private Anthony ‘Gus’ Gusterson
158 Regiment RLC
Gus took part in two weeks on Exercise Iron Titan, which saw him at the wheel of a Man SV truck to drive supplies hundreds of miles across the country to keep the Army’s Apache and Wildcat helicopters flying and in the fight.
“I did a fair few road trips, moving everything from fuel to rations from Wattisham in Suffolk as far as up the country as Arbroath in Scotland,” he said. “You really get to know the person sharing the cab with you on those long journeys!”
158 Rgt RLC was training in its new role providing logistic support to frontline aviation units, paired with the Regulars of 7 Aviation Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
“To have that clear role and build relations with regular units was interesting,” Gus said. “We worked together really well - they managed the stores and we transported them, and we needed each other to achieve the mission.”
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