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Reserves Day 2017

21 June 2017

Reserves Day 2017

“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 one sixth of our Armed Forces personnel and as such are integral to protecting the nation’s security at home and overseas, particularly providing capability in specialist areas such as medical and cyber.

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.

In 2017, Reserves Day is being celebrated on Wednesday 21 June.”

The National Museum of the Royal Navy currently has two employees at its Portsmouth Historic Dockyard site who are members of the Army Reserves. Lance Bombardier Cribb, who works in Public Events and Musician Sanders, who works in the fundraising department.

Lance Bombardier Marcus Cribb, currently serves with 295 (Hampshire Yeomanry) Battery, Royal Artillery, based in Portsmouth. He has been in the Army Reserves (previously TA for seven years) but only transferred to the Royal Artillery 18 months ago. Since then he has qualified as a Stormer Driver and High Velocity Missile operator, meaning he can both drive and fire the Army’s tracked air defence weapon.

He says “I chose the Royal Artillery because they are a local unit with a strong heritage to Portsmouth. The role is an extremely technical one and we have colleagues deployed to Estonia and the Falklands in similar jobs. We are a relatively newly-formed unit and have a great sense of camaraderie, with brilliant opportunities to ski, snowboard and travel along with a wide programme of training. In the last year I was chosen to represent the unit driving the Colours past Her Majesty The Queen as part of the celebrations of 300 years of the Royal Artillery. I’d say the confidence, organisation and leadership I have learnt I use daily at work”

Hannah and Marcus - Reservists on HMS M33

Musician Hannah Sanders is currently in the Army Medical Service reserve band based in Sandhurst, Camberley. She has been in the Armed forces for nearly four years and has been in the Army Reserves for 18 months after transferring from the Royal Marines Band service. She does various events with the Reserve band ranging from quintet dinners at various venues to marching band parades and concerts. She says “After I left the Royal Marines Band service I still very much wanted to keep playing and also keep myself involved with the military so I chose the Army Reserve. The band I am with is fantastic and ranges from former regular military musicians to everyday roles such as teachers. I do give up a lot of weekends and evenings but it’s a great way to still keep that link with the Armed Forces family and I have the best of both worlds so it’s certainly worth it!”

It is important to them to mark the day as often Reservists’ service and sacrifice goes unmarked. They are both working on Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24th June. Hannah is playing with her band at the Armed Forces parade in Hungerford and Marcus is organising the event at the Historic Dockyard’s free event which is open from 10am until 5pm, with a performance from the Royal Marine School of Music at 1pm and a RAF Chinook flypast at 2.30pm. There will be military personnel, veterans, and vehicles on display all day, along with hands-on activities and games outside and in Action Stations. Though this is a free event, tickets are available to visit the world famous attractions on site.

Find out more about Armed Forces Day