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My story: LCpl Rebecca Abrahams

I am a Royal Signals Communications Systems Operator. I work with the BOWMAN Combat Network Radio system and operate and maintain advanced telecoms networks for the Army.

As the detachment commander of a BOWMAN platform I am directly responsible for the maintenance of a range of sophisticated equipment as well as for looking after the crew of my detachment. It’s a rewarding and challenging role.

I joined my local Army Reserve Unit in 2009 whilst studying at university. I was looking for an extra challenge and I certainly found it. Since finishing my basic training I have completed two advanced courses in telecommunications at the Royal School of Signals, as well as my PNCO cadre, a demanding leadership course.

I was a keen rugby player before I joined the Army Reserve and I was soon given the opportunity to develop my talent. I’ve gone on to play for the Army Rugby team and have since trained and played around the world, including Australia and South Korea.


I’ve also taken part in military training in France and Germany, as well as completing and advanced skiing course in Austria which was by far the most fun thing I’ve done.

In my civilian career I am a Business Intelligence Developer. The Army Reserve has helped in my career by developing my organisation skills. It has made me more determined and has given me plenty of opportunity to take on leadership responsibilities. The Army teaches you respect for others and how to work in high pressure situations; experiences you would struggle to find in other walks of life.