Abertay hosts Reserves Day 2016

September 8, 2016

Local Units around Dundee converged on Abertay University to celebrate Reserves Day. Representatives from the Royal Marines Reserve, 7 SCOTS, 205 Field Hospital, 225 Medical Regiment, the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry and Tayforth UOTC were keen to share their experiences, talking about the challenges and rewards of combining full time work or studies with life in uniform.

New graduate Ross Hunter (above), a Lance Corporal serving in Cupar-based C Squadron of the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry, said ‘The Reserves and Regulars work hand in hand, with the SNIY recently operating alongside our partner Regiment the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards during Exercise Wessex Storm’.  With his military CV including active service in Afghanistan, Ross is now looking to make the most of his degree in policing and security while continuing to serve in the Reserves. ‘It really does give the best of both worlds he says’, and all agree that a supportive employer makes all the difference.

Officer Cadet Rebecca Millar (below left) said ‘The OTC gives many of the benefits of the Reserves and isn’t at the expense of our studies. We have a busy social calendar too’.  Zisky Stovell, a full-time worker for local Veterans’ charity Dudhope Therapy Garden, divides her time between Tayforth UOTC and the charity. ‘It is really rewarding doing both, particularly in a city like ours where veterans from all three services gain support from within the community’ she said, adding that Dundee City Council, recent winner of the coveted Defence Employer Recognition Scheme gold award, continues to support the charity.

With the Royal Marines, military medics and soldiers of 7 SCOTS very much in evidence too, Reserves Day was set to be a great way of spreading the word and thanking employers for their support, vital to reservists’ ability to balance their lives and apply their skills and experience in and out of uniform.