The new normal


A blog post with a difference this month as lockdown continues to create a whole new world for us, creating unimagined challenges for our employers, our Reservists and our HRFCA team.

Like most people, we are working from home, scattered across the North of Scotland and relying on the joys of Zoom, WhatsApp and other platforms to communicate and keep the home fires burning. It has become second nature to “attend” informal meetings unshaven or without makeup, while formal meetings look smart from the waist up but with suspicions of joggers or, dare we say, pyjamas going on out of sight! We are now all used to Zoom meetings picking up unintentional bloopers and sweary bits from unmuted mics or children gate crashing sitting rooms with a hissed, “Are you finished yet? I need a wee wee!”

The joys of working from home! Some of us are loving it; no long commute, no travel costs. No more having to be nice to Brian from accounting or Hilda from HR. Others are struggling; missing the camaraderie and banter of the office and the hitherto taken for granted pleasure of actually interacting with other humans face to face. Personally, I’m missing my 3pm brew, delivered with precision by our Head of Comms who makes the best cup of tea ever. It’s not the same making your own. #Spoilt

But, despite it all, your team here at HRFCA has been keeping busy. With Reservists mobilised, and now some being de-mobilised, we have been supporting employers and staff through these rather turbulent times. Despite the immense pressures on them, employers have risen magnificently to the call for their staff to be mobilised by Defence, and we cannot express our gratitude for their ongoing support. We are looking forward to hearing all about what your Reservists have been doing and what new skills they have gained during their mobilisation period.

We have been supporting our Cadets too, who have been unable to meet up due to Covid-19 restrictions, but who have been kept busy by their wonderful Cadet Adult Volunteers with a range of challenges and activities. Our new TikTok account is proving popular with Cadets, and we are always happy to receive your TikTok videos to share. If your Cadets have news and views to share, please send them to our Comms Officer Annu at

Expectation Vs. Reality: George working from home.

Annu is, like the rest of us, in lockdown, but she has a small furry member of staff with her; Sergeant Major George has been working with her on some videos and posts. You can see what he has been up to here. Remember to also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn for all the latest news.

Looking ahead, we have Armed Forces week taking place in June. Take a look at how you can get involved here. Social distancing and gatherings permitting, why not have a tea party in the garden or a coffee morning and share your pictures with us? Don’t forget to Salute Our Forces too on 27 June for Armed Forces Day and take a photo.

We will also be commemorating the capture of the 51st Highland Division at St. Valéry-en-Caux during World War II. The 80th anniversary of this historic battle will take place on 12 June. Although the commemorative gatherings have been cancelled, we will be delivering a virtual remembrance with colleagues here and in France. Pipers across Scotland will be playing “The Heroes of St Valéry” at 10am our time, as will pipers in France. This is being co-ordinated by Poppy Scotland and you can download the sheet music and find out how to join in here. We will also be flying the HRFCA flag at St. Valéry in memory of all who fell or were taken prisoner of war. Please join us via our social media platforms on the day.

We very much hope the next blog will come to you from a more “normal” working environment, and that we can get out and about to meet with our employers, our units and our Cadets once again. In the meantime though, stick with it, stay safe – and wash your hands!!

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