Reserve Forces

Poznan to Berlin – retracing the advance

Outside of military skills training, historical studies are important to the military, they can help understand tactics and provide opportunities for reflection. In the summer, Reservists from 37th Signal Regiment travelled across the Channel for a Battlefield Study to learn in-depth knowledge about the Soviet advance from Poznan to Berlin in 1945. Their five-day visit took them to key former military structures and…

Transferrable skills of an Army Reservist

As an Army Reservists you join and train with a unit, but in some cases the Reservists have specialist transferrable skills which mean they maybe given the opportunity to go on tour with another unit. This was the case for Sergeant Shotton from 4 MERCIAN, you can read more below: MINUSMA is the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation mission in Mali. Established in…

NHS Training in Partnership with 4 MERCIAN Army Reserves

Prior to the pandemic, 4 MERCIAN (a Midlands based Army Reserve unit) were running regular dedicated training weekends in partnership with the Army’s Field Hospital units to ensure Combat Medical Technician skills for Regimental Aid Post (RAP) capabilities, were maintained. Following an elongated period of suspension this has now been re-introduced and a robust training approach not only addresses their military role, but…

Education and team building for Worcester Army Reserve unit

214 (Worcestershire) Battery Royal Artillery, a Worcester Army Reserve unit, recently took part in a weekend of historical, team bonding and educational activities. It began with a brief from Brigadier Marsh on his recent experiences on OP CABRIT, the UK operational deployment to Estonia, where British troops are leading a multinational  battlegroup as part of the enhanced Forward Presence. This was followed by…

Green-fingered Reservists help to improve community garden

A community centre in Birmingham is growing its links with their local Army Reserve unit after working with them to improve the centre’s green outdoor spaces for its users. Reservists from A Company 5th Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (5RRF) in Sheldon worked at Highfield Hall Community Centre (HHCC) to remove waste wood from tree felling, and remove overgrown intrusive vegetation impacting on the…

Worcester soldiers fire King’s Gun Salute in Cardiff

Seven soldiers from a Worcester-based Army Reserve unit fired a Gun Salute to welcome King Charles III to Cardiff on Friday (16 September). The Reservists from 214 (Worcestershire) Battery fired a Royal Gun Salute of 21 rounds from Cardiff Castle to mark King Charles III’s arrival at Llandaff Cathedral. King Charles III visited Wales for the first time as the new reigning monarch….

Snapshot on three Commonwealth Games baton bearers

This summer Birmingham had the privilege of hosting  the 2022 Commonwealth Games, held in England for only the third time. Showcasing the best of the second city and the world-class athletes and sports talent from across our Commonwealth, the ten-day event has left a lasting legacy for sport and future generations across the region. Many individuals were nominated to carry the Queen’s baton…

NMITE showcases opportunities for military community

The third annual NMITE Military to Business Showcase opened its doors at a brand new venue on Reserves Day in June, welcoming guests and exhibitors to the Shell Store in Hereford. Hosting the event in collaboration with Landau Limited – and with support from our Association and sponsors the Shell Store, Coffee Cart, the Chambers of Commerce and Shaun Leavy – organisations from…

Exercise IRON WOLF, a Reservists view

During May, nine members of 37 Sig Regt were attached to 4 MERCIAN to provide Information Communication Services (ICS) capability and support on Exercise IRON WOLF 22; a NATO exercise being hosted by the Lithuanian Enhanced Forward Protection Battle Group. The exercise began with a four day road move to the host country. With differing time zones and with long driving hours through…