Wiltshire Council staff who balance their civilian life with a career in the military as members of the Reserve Forces, were encouraged to wear their uniform to work today for national Reserves Day.
The uniformed staff met with Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council at a special exhibition in the Atrium at County Hall which celebrates Armed Forces in the county.
Baroness Scott said: “Wiltshire has strong links with the military and I enjoyed meeting some of our staff who balance being a reserve with their work commitments and hearing about their experiences.
“We offer support to our reservists and cadet instructors by offering extra leave each year to attend annual training camp as well as flexible working practices to help them achieve the right balance.”
Wiltshire Council staff member Neil Ashley is also a Colour Sjt Instructor in the Trowbridge Detachment of the Wiltshire Army Cadet Force. He has had links with the military for many years including 18 years in the Territorial Army Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
He said: “I’m pleased we’re marking Reserves Day in this way and I fully support it. I’ve worked at Wiltshire Council since 1991 and appreciate the support provided to both Reservists and Cadet Force Instructors and I’d encourage others to consider becoming volunteers.”
Wiltshire Council’s enforcement manager Peter White is the training major for Wiltshire Army Cadet Force (ACF).
He said: “This is raising awareness of the support from the organisation for people who do this in their spare time and it demonstrates how people wear the uniform from all walks of life.
“There are wide ranging benefits to both employers and the ACF. Many skills are transferable and complement the rewarding aspects of volunteering. Wiltshire ACF is recruiting adult volunteers so we’d encourage people to apply.”
Staff Sergeant Ian Stott of the Royal Signals Regiment which has squadron bases in Bath, Bristol, Windsor and Cardiff was speaking to people visiting County Hall about serving in the Reserve Forces.
He said: “This is a great opportunity to talk to people about becoming a reserve and the benefits it can bring. We always need more people to join and having a Reserves Day ensures we keep this in the public eye.”
The Reserve Forces make up approximately one sixth of the Armed Forces personnel with reservists supporting operations worldwide. The annual Reserves Day was created to highlight and recognise the valuable contribution they make to the Armed Forces.