“There is just so much more to the volunteer Army Reserves than anyone would dream,” says Sgt Tommy Stewart, 7 SCOTS (7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland).
And to showcase some things that a typical Reservist might get up to, the Hebrides Platoon, as part of 7 SCOTS – the local Army Reserve unit for the Highlands and Islands – invites all to join them in the ‘Look at Life’ event, taking place on Saturday, July 22nd at the Drill Hall on Church Street, Stornoway.
Running from 11am to 4pm, with refreshments provided for all who attend, the open day event ‘does just what it says on the tin’, said Sgt Stewart.
“There will be various stands and activities throughout the day, from team-building tasks to showing potential recruits about living in the field,” he said.
“This will be a great opportunity to question Reservists first hand on their experiences within the organisation, and how it has helped them in every-day life outside the Army.
“Right now we have soldiers diving in Cyprus and recently some of our Reservists have undertaken two weeks of sailing courses.
“The Battalion’s Pipes and Drums have just been to Hong Kong to help make the 20th anniversary of the handover.
“Then later on this year we have soldiers running in the USMC (Marine Corps) Marathon in Washington DC, guys going to Italy for two week camp, along with skiing and more sailing.
“And our main pledge for this year is still to get anyone who does not have a driving licence through their test to get their licence, making it a game-changer for any recruit by giving them that greater sense of freedom.
“What’s more, the Army Reserves pay for all this training, and pays you to do it!”
“We look forward to showing people some of the perks of being a volunteer Army Reservist at our Look at Life event; as I say to people there is just so much more to the volunteer Army Reserves than anyone would dream.”