Thank you for your service - Reservists!
This day provides an opportunity for the country to recognise the valuable contributions our Reserve Forces make to the Armed Forces.
Who are the Reserve Forces?
Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career to ensure that should their country require them, they would be ready to serve as part of the military.
The Reserve Forces make up approximately make 1/6 of our Armed Forces personnel and as such are integral to protecting the nations security at home and overseas, particularly providing capability in the specialist areas such as medical and cyber.
Reservists are currently supporting operations worldwide. However, the contribution they make to our Armed Forces often goes unrecognised. As such an annual Reserves Day was created to highlight and recognise the valuable contribution Reservists make to our Armed Forces.
A word from one our reservists:
“Being a reservist is something which gives me a sense of national pride and doing something for a greater cause than what can ever be achieved in a private sector role.
It has allowed me to give back some of the skills that I’ve built up in nearly two decades, in exchange for being part of a unit of other elite individuals balancing the same challenges as me.
It get tough sometimes when trying to balance both running two businesses, a family, projects on my house, and the reservist role, but the best thing about it is having a unit who give me huge amounts of support and flexibility to give more when I have more time, and throttle back when everything gets a bit too much.
The Army have stepped up so many times to do jobs or fulfil services when the country needed them. Everything from delivering vaccinations during the pandemic, to driving tankers when there were tanker driver shortages in 2021, and ambulances during the 2022 strikes. Military personnel had to compromise their family time over Christmas to address the latter and all the while maintain a state of readiness to tackle anything the country needs, including its defence.
It’s important to recognise the whole military, but also to remember that those in reservist roles step up to do military service whilst often also doing a regular day job & managing a home life. For all these reasons and more, it’s why we at PointWire look really favourably on those who have served in the military and also those who continue to serve as they represent some of the best people society has to offer and we’re proud to support them through our ongoing commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant. “
– Barry Johnson, Managing Director/CEO of PointWire