The magazine for the Territiorial Army
Issue 12 June 2011
INSIDE . . .
Future Reserves 20
Uniform to Work
Fit to Fight
2020 Private Robert Willis 24, a Territorial Army
front line medic attached to C Company 2
SCOTS, talks to a local teen about his bicycle
s we go to press we await the Prime Whilst the Commission’s recommendations will refer to
Minister’s announcement of the the Reserve forces of all three Services, we have been
recommendations of the Future involved in all phases, with TA officers forming a major
Reserves 2020 (FR20) Study. part of the various working groups at every level.
A great deal of work has gone into the Army’s submission We have also seen two senior appointments, one
to the FR20 Commission, the body chaired by Vice Regular and one TA, that will reinforce the work and
Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Houghton, implement the recommendations; Maj Gen Bruce
the TA’s Can You
supported by Julian Brazier MP and Lt Gen (Retd) Sir Brealey has taken up the role of Director General
Graeme Lamb. That submission has been meshed Reserves and Basing, while Maj Gen Gerald Grosvenor,
with those from the other two Services to create the the Duke of Westminster KG CB OBE CD TD DL has
future Find Out
Commission’s Report which was submitted to the Prime been appointed Deputy Commander Army (Reserves)
Minister in late June. - see this page.
role be? More?
e cannot anticipate the findings etting up to the minute information
of the Commission. They may to members of the TA is always
recommend that Reserves should a challenge. The nature of TA
play an enhanced role in the future attendance and the timing of training
delivery of military capability, as part of the nights results in an inevitable delay in
developing Whole Force Concept. In that case, commanders briefing their personnel, and
HQ Land Forces would need to decide what some will not be reached at all.
tasks could be attributed to the Territorial Three pages have been set up on the Army websites
Army. Those tasks can be grouped as follows: where you can obtain up to date information on FR20:
he creation of a senior post has MT1 – Strategic Intelligence ArmyWeb (www.army.mod.uk) – Home Page - click on
underlined the Army’s commitment to MT2 – Nuclear Deterrent ‘Territorial & Reserves’ on the right of the page, then click
the Reserves and to the ongoing Future MT3 – Defence of the UK and her Territories on the green FR20 button at the top of the page.
Reserves 2020 (FR20) Study. MT4 – Support to Civil Emergency Organisations ArmyNet – (www.armynet.mod.uk) – if you are registered
Maj Gen The Duke of Westminster, KG CB OBE CD TD DL MT5 - UK Influence with ArmyNet as TA, the green FR20 button should
took up the post of Deputy Commander Army (Reserves) MT6 – Power Projection appear on the landing page. If not, you’ll find the button
in June. He will be responsible for providing expert input MT7 – Security for Stabilisation at the bottom left of the Home Page.
on Army Reserves issues at the heart of HQ Land Forces, Work would include the identification of specific roles and Army Intranet – Home Page – look for the green FR20
bringing the experience of 41 years of service in the structures by cap badge and how they can be integrated button on the right of the page.
Territorial Army. His previous appointment was Assistant with the Regular Army in both training and operations. These pages are live now and will be updated with
Chief of Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets) in the MOD. That level of detail will take a great deal of further any FR20 developments. As soon as possible after SofS
work in HQ Land Forces and elsewhere, and those makes his announcement to Parliament, full details of
detailed recommendations are unlikely to be ready the Commission’s recommendations will be posted on
Maj Gen The Duke of Westminster before the Autumn. these sites.
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Future Reserves Fig 3: Attitudes Towards Mobilisation
Fig 3: Predictably, Reservists found
all types of mobilisation appealing.
However, support to UK communities
was revealed to be less appealing
Non-hostile overseas environment (alongside Regulars or Other Government Agencies and Defence Contractors)
than traditional overseas deployments
in either hostile or non-hostile
Hostile overseas environment alongside Regular counterparts environments.
Fig 4: In the majority of cases a
Reservist is mobilised for a maximum
n th e la s t e ditio n of TAQ we 18 days in February this year. It was seen survey and so included responses from UK / Home commitment operations providing support to UK government agencies and security services of twelve months in a five year period
p ubli s h e d s o m e of th e raw as a ‘pulse check’ and was designed to the RNR, RMR and RAuxAF as well and 69.5% either agreed or strongly
re sult s fro m th e Re s e r ve s o n - gauge the motivations of Reservists and as the TA). The 750 employers who agreed that this was manageable.
Support to UK communities and local government
line sur vey h eld in Fe b ruar y. employers. Whilst the survey was not responded are considered to represent Whilst 20.6% would prefer longer
T ho s e re sult s we re ‘ to p - lin e ’ designed to influence strategic policy- 14% of Reservist employers. mobilisations of 15 months, most
-2.0 -1.50 -1.0 -0.50 0.0 0.50 1.0 1.50 2.0
an d did not g o into mu ch making on its own, the findings will The results can be found online on the respondents would prefer shorter
d e t ail , b u t sin ce th e sur vey wa s obviously be invaluable to those who MOD website after the announcement Not Appealing Neutral Strongly Appealing
periods of mobilised service. It is not
clo s e d M O D s t af f have b e e n have the job of designing the Reserve of FR20. However, these are some of clear whether the respondents correctly
b u s y analy sin g th e re s p o n s e s forces in the coming months and years. the more significant sets of responses. understood the term ‘mobilisation’, as
an d p ro du cin g a wealth of Almost 6,300 Reservists responded We have only listed responses from Fig 4: Duration Of Mobilisation it is often (incorrectly) used to describe
dat a w hich will info rm d e ci sio n to the survey, representing 18.6% of Reservists – the full survey also contains the period of deployed service (i.e.
makin g fo r s o m e tim e. the total Reservist personnel of about data from employers and again, that on operations). It actually means the
The internet-based survey was open for 33,700 (remember this was a tri-Service can be found in the on-line report. I believe the current system (12 months in a 5 year period) is manageable
entire period of permanent service
which includes pre-deployment training
Fig 1: Key Factors – How Important Are They And How Well Does Defence Provide Them? I would prefer shorter mobilisations of between 3 - 6 months
and post-operational leave.
A Satisfying Role I would prefer shorter mobilisations of between 6 - 12 months
Fig 5: A Reservist’s willingness to
Sufficient support to your family when deployed
Fig 1: Respondents were asked travel is key information, in order
Training on challenging and up-to-date equipment
My circumstances allow for me to mobilise frequently, for varying lengths of
An opportunity to do something out of the ordinary to rate, on a five-point scale, their time within the traditional three year time frame to ensure that enough TA centres
The opportunity to be employed on duties and given responsibilities appropriate to your rank when deployed
satisfaction with certain aspects of their are located in the right areas in the
The opportunity to deploy on operations I would prefer longer mobilisations of 15 months
The opportunity to learn new skills or trades
Reserve Service. Fig. 1 clearly shows future. When asked how long it took
Sufficient variety in my role the factors that Reservists considered I would prefer longer mobilisations in excess of 15 months up to 24 months to travel to their unit, 48.1% claimed
A large enough sub-unit(Squadron/company), which provides interesting collective training
The opportunity to learn how to lead others Provision by the
most important in descending order, their journey took between 15 and 60
Services -2.0 -1.50 -1.0 -0.50 0.0 0.50 1.0 1.50 2.0
Effective integration with the Regular Force during peacetime
combined with their assessment of the minutes, and 73.8% told us that they
A basic level of mandated compulsary training attended by all the Individual
Sufficient support to your employer when deployed
extent to which each factor is provided. Strongly Disagree Neutral Strongly Agree would be willing to travel between 15
The opportunity to participate regularly in military training at weekends (i.e. at least 1 weekend a month) Encouragingly, all factors received and 60 minutes for routine training,
The opportunity to command others when training
The opportunity to be part of a Unit(Regt/Bn) that is able to train as a formed unit at least once a year
positive values, suggesting the Reserve such as weekly training nights.
The opportunity to command others on operations model is not fundamentally broken. However, 49.5% said they would
Sufficient pay for what I do
The factors considered most important be willing to travel over 2 hours 30
The ability to use my civilian skills on operations
Fig 5: Willingness To Travel
The opportunity to participate in military training on evenings during the week were a satisfying role, sufficient minutes for training in excess of 48
-2.0 -1.50 -1.0 -0.50 0.0 0.50 1.0 1.50 2.0 support to their family when deployed hours.
Not Important at all Not Important Quite Important Very Important
Not Well Provided at all Not Well Provided Quite Well Provided Very Well Provided
and the opportunity to train on up to Advice about estate issues will be a key
date equipment. over 2hrs 30 mins
area of FR20. It is likely that the total
Fig 2: Reasons For Joining The Reserve Forces Fig 2: Connected with FR20 work on 2hrs 30 mins number of sites will reduce, but those
the Reserves Proposition, we asked 2 hrs 15 mins which remain will be fit-for-purpose
Reservists whether they agreed with 1hr 45 mins
Max travel time for training
in excess of 48 hours
and will provide the necessary support
To challenge myself
commonly held reasons why people to the Reserve Forces of the future. It
I wanted to lead an active life 1hr 30 mins
For the opportunity to do something different to my civilian job
join the Reserve Forces. As expected, Max travel time for
routine training night
is also recognised that the Volunteer
1hr 15 mins
To gain new skills the majority of respondents reported Estate must continue to provide an
To make friends and comrades to be neutral or agree with the choices effective support structure for Cadets.
For the opportunity to contribute to UK society presented. In addition to rating the 45 mins
As we said in our introduction, this
For the opportunity to develop my personal skills choices, 1331 Reservists offered a free 30 mins survey was designed to check the pulse
To deploy on Operations
text response, the majority highlighting 15 mins of the Reserves by measuring attitudes
For the opportunity to learn how to lead others
that it was their previous experience less than 15 mins
and feelings towards certain key issues.
The status and respect it brings in society
of Regular service that made them 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% The findings will not necessarily change
The Reserves pay and associated allowances
To improve my chances of civilian employment
join, in order to continue to serve. policy, but the data gathered can be
I wanted to look at service life before becoming a Regular Another common theme was the sense vital in influencing decisions.
-1.0 -0.50 0.0 0.50 1.0 1.50 2.0 of belonging, which incorporates ‘Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier" To all those who took the time to
Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree comradeship and pride. It’s a rather indefinable sense of accomplishment and purpose’. complete the survey, thank you.
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Stamping A new Army campaign focuses on the attitudes among
Service personnel towards mental health issues.
Targeted at all serving personnel, both Regular and Reserve, Don’t
Bottle It Up aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental
ill health, signpost the support and care services already available and
encourage personnel to seek help if they need it, formally or informally.
“Matters of the mind are not an easy topic of conversation,” admits
Lt Col Tony Rock, the man charged with leading the Army’s first ever
campaign to tackle the stigma of mental ill health. “People need to
start thinking of mental health problems as an illness or injury, not a
“There should be absolutely no shame in asking for help and those that
do should be reassured that they will be treated the same as if they
have a problem with their physical health.”
Current research indicates that the Armed Forces have no more of
a problem with mental health issues than society as a whole. But
particular groups within the Armed Forces may be more vulnerable to
certain disorders and the MoD continues to fund research studying the
mental health of serving personnel and veterans. Studies within the
MoD that reported during 2010 highlighted the need to de-stigmatise
issues around mental health, identified as the main barrier to individuals
“Soldiers are reluctant to discuss mental health problems,” adds Lt Col
Rock. “They see it as a sign of weakness, that they are letting down
their mates, their families, their Chain of Command and themselves.
“Yet failure to seek help could have serious consequences, such as
excessive drinking or violence, particularly in a family environment.”
Lt Col Rock explained that the Army is now far more aware of the
impact of mental health conditions on personnel. “Speaking up will not
affect your career in the longer term unless there is a major problem,
and for the majority of people that will not be the case; this is exactly
the same as it would be for a physical injury.
“When it comes to mental health, it’s facing up to the fact that there
may be a problem that many people struggle with, but the earlier you
raise the problem the easier and quicker it can be treated. Talking
about your problems is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength.”
en thousand tickets for the 2012 Olympic
Games are to be given to troops serving with
the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force and
their families, including Reservists. Speaking
Mental Health Programme a stone’s throw from the London 2012 Olympic Lord Coe with Sergeant Chris Osborne,
stadium, Lord Sebastian Coe and Baroness Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment
hen mobilised, Reserve • Individuals must have been demobilised but the patient’s GP will be kept informed. Eligible Tanni Grey-Thompson announced details of the
personnel are treated since 1st January 2003 following overseas personnel may self-refer provided that prior to the donation at a media launch attended by scores of 100 metres final,” he laughed. “You and a few million others!”
exactly the same operational deployment as a Reservist. appointment they give consent and additional time troops. interjected Lord Coe.
as Regulars. Once • Treatment will be offered by the DMS to for DMS to contact the GP and request medical Lord Coe said he is ‘absolutely delighted’ that troops will have All the troops admitted that it was a real boost to be offered
demobilised they qualify for individuals whose mental health is assessed information. the opportunity to see world class athletes competing in London a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be able to see the Olympic
enhanced support through to have suffered primarily as a result of their Eligibility will be established as part of the 2012. “The Armed Forces are an extraordinary group of people,” Games in their own capital city. Private Chris Staras, also serving
the Reservists Mental Health operational service as a Reservist. referral process. Those who do not fall within the he added. “It is the occupation that is quite unique because with the PWRR, said: “I’ve only just found out about the chance
Programme (RMHP). Referral into the programme will primarily be via parameters of the programme will not be given an it demands the ultimate sacrifice and I think it would have to go and see the Olympics but it sounds fantastic. I’m getting
Operated in partnership with the NHS, the RMHP an individual’s GP, and can be by telephone initially appointment at the Assessment Centre, and will be been unimaginable if we had an Olympic games in the United married next year so it would be lovely to take my wife.”
offers assessment and out-patient treatment by but must be followed up in writing. Partners or referred back to their GP for treatment. Kingdom that, in one way or another, did not recognise the Tickets For Troops is being funded by London 2012’s Ticketshare
Defence Medical Services (DMS) staff to those family members contacting the programme’s Initial enquiries and referrals should be made extraordinary Herculean efforts of all our Armed Services and in scheme, which sees proceeds from prestige hospitality seats used
whose mental health may have suffered as a assessment centre will be advised to encourage through the: Reserves Training and Mobilisation particular their families.” to provide tickets to worthy causes.
consequence of their operational service. the patient to contact their GP as a first step. Center (RTMC), Chilwell Nottingham, tel: 0800 032 Standing alongside Lord Coe was Sergeant Chris Osborne,
There are criteria for entry to the programme: Referrals from civilian psychiatric services, social 6258. Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (PWRR). Sgt Osborne is an Service personnel can apply for the Olympic tickets on the Tickets
• It is open only to current and former members services and charitable organisations acting on Concerned relatives or friends can also obtain Afghan veteran and can’t wait to enter the public lottery to try to for Troops website (http://www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk/what’s-
of the Reserve Services. behalf of potential patients will also be accepted, advice by calling (Freephone) 0800 032 6258. win some Olympic tickets. “If I’m successful, I’d love to watch the on/sports/olympics.aspx) until 1st November 2011.
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Amendment to Armed
Forces Bill UOTC Pilot Scheme
Mobilisation of ready for Take-Off
Reservists for UK Ops
pilot scheme is to be trialled structured military training, adventurous training and OTC life before signing up to join the TA.
in October which, if adopted, personal development activities designed to attract The OTC Study also recommends restructuring the
proposed amendment to the current Armed Forces recommendations that the Reserves undertake a more integrated role in would radically change the students and offer them the type of activity that OTCs, merging the 19 Potential Officer training
Bill will enable Reservists to be mobilised for all aspects of Defence and a wider role in UK Ops will underpin that. way in which University Officer would otherwise be expensive to access individually. programmes in the UOTCs and the six Regional
“urgent work of national importance” under the “The proposal offers the opportunity to exploit niche skills in the Training Corps (UOTCs) operate. Successful completion of the first year would result in Training Centre Officer Training Wings to create
Emergency Powers Act 1964. This would include Reserves and potentially, geographic location of individuals and units,” The pilots follow a comprehensive study of the UOTCs the award of Accreditation under the NVQ Scheme. 12 Officer Training Regiments (OTRs). Each would
their use for the Olympics in 2012 and is expected to says Brigadier Tom O’Brien, Director Reserves (Army). “It also represents and their outputs earlier this year, and introduce a Before the start of their second year they will be have one or two UOTCs under its command, plus
pave the way for broader use of Volunteer Reserves in an expansion of the overall role of the Reserve Force without an series of changes which include the introduction of a attested into the TA, when they will start to be a Potential Officer training company. The aim is to
the future, underpinning the emerging work from the additional demand on any individual.” new student outreach programme. paid and begin their Potential Officer training. The remove duplication of effort and make better use
Future Reserves 2020 Study (FR20). Mobilisation under the amended legislation will continue to provide the One of the problems facing UOTCs, which operate successful completion of this training will give them a of permanent staff in fewer but larger commands,
Background same benefits and protections – a guarantee of availability to Defence, in 19 universities across the UK, is that most receive Level 5 Accreditation Award. It is projected that being without changing the current UOTC footprint.
The proposed changes originated with a request by the Olympic employment protection and financial assistance to the Reservist, more applications from first-year students than can able to attract a higher number of cadets in the first Controversially, the new model would change the
Security Directorate for the MoD to supply a Contingency Force of circa financial assistance to the employer, and access to the deferral/ be accepted, resulting in potentially good candidates year will result in higher numbers continuing on to command of the UOTCs to sub-unit level, but the COs
1000 personnel. The MoD will task 2nd Battalion, Princess of Wales’s exemption process for both Reservist and employer. being turned away. However, by the end of the first Potential Officer training. of the OTRs would retain responsibility for working
Royal Regt (2PWRR) to command and generate about 500 Regular Could the Emergency Powers Act be used for strike-breaking? year a significant proportion of those first-year cadets The pilots will begin in October at four UOTCs - with the university authorities and supervising the
personnel, with the additional 500 to be generated from the Reserve. Yes, in theory the Act enables the use of Regular Forces for strike have stopped attending, meaning that those turned Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds. If the activities within their UOTCs.
Further Regular support will not be available without breaking pre- breaking. But it’s extremely unlikely that Reservists would be deployed away at the start of the year have been ‘wasted’. revised scheme proves successful, it should open up The pilot scheme will be reviewed after one year,
deployment training cycles or post-deployment harmony requirements. on such tasks. Under the pilot scheme, Officer Cadets (OCdts) the OTCs to more potential officers, rather than the at which point the new structure will either be
Why does it need a change to legislation? How will this affect employers? will not be attested in the first year, and will only current system which has to restrict the number to fit implemented across the other UOTCs or further trials
Because the Reserve Forces Act 1996 (RFA 96) does not provide suitable Employers will be made aware that an increased likelihood of be paid an allowance. The first year will consist of a budgetary cap. It also gives OCdts a greater taste of will take place.
powers to enable Reserves’ mobilisation for the Olympics. Nor could mobilisation will not represent an increased burden on them. Call-out
they be used to support further UK Operations outside of the current limitations of 12 months in 60 will remain the norm. And as we said
provision, which is limited to ‘in time of disaster or apprehended above, employers will continue to benefit from financial compensation
disaster’. in the event of an employee being mobilised and to have access to the
The proposed amendment via the Armed Forces Bill will allow Reserves appeals procedure.
to be mobilised where the requirement falls under the scope of the So, when will the changes take effect?
Emergency Powers Act 1964 (‘urgent work of national importance’). As we went to press the proposals were due to be laid before
This is currently used as one of the methods to enable a Regular Army Parliament for debate. If the amendment is accepted, via the House
response to requests for Military Aid to the Civil Powers (MACA). of Lords, it will become law in Nov 11. However it must be stressed
So is this a good or bad thing for the TA? that at the time of writing, the proposal has yet to pass through both
It’s good. The outcome of FR20 is expected to include Houses.
ith the spending challenges and subsequent • When considering operational tours, identify those appointments
pressures on manning, it has been that tie-in with your civilian employment or skills.
understood in many quarters that new Full • Look across the whole breadth of OCE tours, not just Op HERRICK.
Time Reserve Service (FTRS) contracts are • If it suits, consider an FTRS appointment for a couple of years. You
rarer than hens’ teeth. may apply for a Major’s FTRS appointment and at the end of that
Whilst it is true that FTRS opportunities are fewer than they were, say, commitment return to your TA rank; the same applies for OCE tours.
a couple of years ago, new opportunities do still arise. And according Lt Col Wilson is happy to discuss FTRS or ADC opportunities, although
to Lt Col Simon Wilson, the newly-arrived SO1 MS Reserves at Army the first port of call should be the Reserve Opportunities page on the
Personnel Glasgow, those opportunities could be on the increase. Army website - http://www.army.mod.uk/territorial/9495.aspx and
“The Army faces significant change across the board and the full click on the Reserve Assignments Opportunities List tab at the top of
impacts of SDSR and FR 2020 are yet to be felt,” explains Lt Col the left column (or go to www.army.mod.uk and click on ‘Territorials
Wilson. “I believe that there will be real opportunities to be grasped & Reserves’ in the right hand column, then click on the ‘FTRS Job
as we begin to see a more flexible approach to serving in the Army.” Opportunities button in the left hand column).
He gives this advice to anyone interested in a FTRS contract or You can also Contact his team: Mr Paul Reilly – Reillyp517@apc.army.
Additional Duties Commitment (ADC): mod.uk, or Mr Stuart Cuthbertson – Cuthbertsons404@apc.army.mod.uk
• Competition for all appointments across the board is tough. “We are here to help,” says Lt Col Wilson, “so please use us!”
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Ramillies building, HQ Land Forces, Andover
Keeping it Brief The TA
and the Taliban
he first broadcast television there with the rest of the men.” In one firm, was attached to 13th Air Assault
series about the TA will scene, Pte Moffitt is involved in an intense Regiment RLC driving Convoy Logistics
premier on 4th August. fire fight with insurgents, which resulted Patrols along Highway One. Corporal Paul
Produced by TwoFour Broadcast, in most of his patrol being injured and Crossley is a quality auditor for a lift and
makers of ITV1’s Road Warriors, and filmed TwoFour’s cameraman receiving a gunshot escalator company; a member of 299
over almost 12 months in the UK and wound to the leg. Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers (V),
Afghanistan, the six-part ‘The TA and the Other episodes follow Major Claire Davies- he was attached to 23 Engr Regt at Camp
Taliban’ tells the stories of 12 TA soldiers Griffith from 207 Field Hospital. An A&E Bastion. LCpl Kayley Wan from 116 Provost
as they deploy on HERRICK 13, following nurse at the Queen Elizabeth the Second Company (V), 4 Regt Royal Military Police,
them through their last days in civilian Hospital, she joined the medical team at was involved in collecting evidence to assist
employment, pre-deployment training, Camp Bastion Field Hospital. Sapper Ben in the identification of insurgents. And
onto the frontline and as they return home. Fogg from 75 Engineer Regiment resigned Sergeant Anthony Hayes of 75 Engr Regt, a
Episode One follows Pte George Moffitt, from his job with a bank to serve with 23 23-year veteran of the TA, was attached to
a self-employed electrician, and Pte Engr Regt, also at Bastion. 23 Engr Regt at Patrol Base Tombstone and
the TA and the Taliban.
Thursday 4th August at 9pm
Sky 109 | Virgin Media 124 | justwatch.co.uk
ver the past few years the TA has become designed for TA personnel.
much more integrated with the Regular “In the past we have run the Briefing Day at HQ Royal Artillery,
Army. Not only have some 24,000 Reservists Larkhill,” explains Lt Col Ray Hughes, SO1 (V) Reserves at HQ Land
served alongside their Regular colleagues on Forces and the man charged with organising the Briefing Day. “This
operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, but year for the first time the TA Brief was taken to the 2 Div area and Daniel Majid, a PE teacher at Leeds West From Scotland, Fusiliers Ruairidh Carry and Hazrat, providing training to the Afghan
many TA units regularly train with their associated run at Redford Barracks, Edinburgh.” Academy, both from 4th Battalion The Shaun Taylor, both from 6th Battalion The National Army.
Regular regiments and battalions. The day comprises a number of briefings from subject matter experts, Parachute Regiment and attached to 2 Royal Regiment of Scotland (6 SCOTS), The contribution of the Reserves to OP
Yet as any Regular who has actually served with a TA unit will with the focus on the issues directly affecting TA units. Presentations PARA. Whilst on foot patrol early in his were attached to 2 SCOTS. Captain Jac HERRICK is a story that is not well told in
confirm, ‘the TA is a lot different to the Regulars’. It may have the include recruiting, manning, training, TA support to operations, deployment, Pte Majid was injured in an Burgess, a veterinary surgeon in civilian the media. The TA and the Taliban may
same or very similar organisation and structure, and much of the employer support, officer and soldier career management, personnel IED explosion and the programme tracks life, is a member of 75 Engr Regt, and not have the most engaging title, but it
admin is broadly similar, but the differences go a lot deeper and issues, Army Families Federation and the RFCAs. his recovery at Headley Court. Meanwhile, Major Craig Turner, an award winning does show what the Reserves are about,
only by serving within a Reserve unit can you really ‘get’ the TA. “The presentations are excellent,” says Lt Col Hughes, “but the Pte Moffitt, who witnessed the explosion, furniture designer, worked with the Military the type of people who join and what
For Regular and FTRS officers and senior NCOs appointed to posts major benefit is from the discussion and questions that follow.” struggles with his conscience as to Stabilisation and Support Group overseeing motivates them to put their civilian lives on
within TA units, Regional Divs/Districts and Brigades, CVHQs and The next TA Brief will be held on Thursday 6th Oct 2011 in the whether he was right to leave his two the development of a girl’s school and the hold to serve the nation.
Reserve Forces and Cadets Associations (RFCAs), it can be a culture Ramillies Lecture Theatre at HQ Land Forces, Andover (above). young sons behind. But as he says during building of a motorbike bridge. You can see the first episode of The TA
shock and a twice-yearly one-day briefing is provided to help them There are plans for future events to be held in the Midlands and filming: “I wanted to be something, to be Lance Corporal Darren Morgan, from the and the Taliban at 21:00 on 4th August
adapt. The aim of the TA Briefing Day is primarily to provide an London and the success of the TA Brief has also meant that from someone. That’s why I joined the Parachute Welsh Transport Regiment, Royal Logistic on UK TV’s Watch Channel (Sky 109 and
insight into the TA and an update on key TA issues, and is not 2012 it will be run three times per year. Regiment. I needed to test myself, be up Corps (V), a mechanic in his family’s garage Virgin Media 124).
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Uniform To Warrant Officer 2nd Class (WO2) Anne
Russell serves with the 6th Battalion
The Royal Regiment of Scotland (6
SCOTS). Her civvie job is as a resources
clerk at the Army Education Centre
in Edinburgh, so when she wore her
uniform to work, she fitted right in
Craftsman Bill Davies, who serves with the
REME detachment in Edinburgh-based 105th
Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers), gave
his patients a surprise at St John’s Hospital in
Livingston where he works as a porter
Gen Sir Peter Wall joins TA soldiers on the Tube. L to r are: LCpl Phil
Vergottini, Ranger Michael Noonan and Lieutenant David McConkey
ednesday 22nd June saw
the fourth Uniform to
Work Day. Across the
UK, Reservists of all
three Services exchanged their
normal working clothes for their
uniforms to draw attention to the Private Thomas Batte, a member of 3rd Battalion The Royal Corporal Dan Wood of the Royal Mercian & Lancastrian Yeomanry
contribution made by Britain’s Welsh Regiment, gave the Big Macs some extra style at at his job with ADT Fire & Security
Reserve Forces. MacDonald’s in Queen Street, Cardiff
Chiefs of Staff from all three Services lent
their support by joining Reservists in uniform
and by taking public transport to the Ministry Paisley TA soldier Private Vicky
of Defence. Chief of the General Staff Gen Chalmers serves with the 6th
Sir Peter Wall joined Lance Corporal Phil Battalion The Royal Regiment of
Vergottini, Lieutenant David McConkey and Scotland (6 SCOTS). In her day
Ranger Michael Noonan on the Tube. LCpl job Vicky works as a pharmacy
Vergottini is a tube driver on the Northern dispenser at the Co-op pharmacy
Line and last year he deployed on a six- in Renfrew, where she is
month tour of Afghanistan, where he was training to become a pharmacy
part of the Counter-IED Task Force, providing technician. “I felt very proud
infantry support for the specialist C-IED wearing my uniform to work,”
operators. she said. “One of our regular
"I am very pleased to have this opportunity customers had heard about
to show my support for our TA soldiers by the day on the morning news
meeting LCpl Vergottini at his place of work, Corporal Malcolm Miller serves with Edinburgh-based 230 Transport Sqn of the and came along to say hello. Riding Boris Bikes to work are Able Seaman Richie
and enjoy a ride in his driver's cab,” said Gen Scottish Transport Regiment RLC (V). In his civilian life Cpl Miller works as a He thought it was a great idea Wilkinson, RNR, a Studio Manager for ITV; Lance Corporal
Wall. “The value and ethos of the Army can gravedigger and in cemetery maintenance with City of Edinburgh Council. He said: to highlight the work of the Mark Herbage, TA, who works with the Royal British Legion
only enhance our TA soldiers' performance in “Some people have been a wee bit surprised to see me working in my uniform, Territorial Army whose members and is a Signaller in the Honourable Artillery Company; and
their peacetime roles, and I am delighted to and I have had some well intentioned ribbing from my work mates!” Presumably, live and work in the local Flight Lieutenant James Morris, RAuxAF, a Civil Servant in
witness this first hand." though, no complaints from his customers! community.” the Department for International Development
10 TAQ12 June 2011 TAQ12 June 2011 11
riends and colleagues have paid tribute to war Richard Holmes joined the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst
historian Brigadier Professor Richard Holmes, who as a lecturer in 1969, eventually becoming Deputy Head of the
died in April after a battle with cancer. Department of War Studies. As such he will be remembered fondly by
Brigadier Holmes was one of Britain's most distinguished thousands of serving and ex-Regular officers.
military historians, known for his television documentaries on But his military grounding came from the Territorial Army. He joined AQ recently featured a poster
warfare and described as an irreplaceable historian who had a the Essex Yeomanry – illicitly, he liked to recall – in 1964 as a Trooper campaign aimed at making Service
magical way with words, imparting knowledge and enthusiasm in and was commissioned as an officer while still at Cambridge. personnel more aware of the dangers
equal measure. Promoted first to Lieutenant and then to Major while teaching at of including too much personal
For the BBC series War Walks in the 1990s he toured the trenches Sandhurst, in 1986 he took command of 2nd Battalion the Wessex information in Facebook messages, tweets,
of the First World War. He went on to make documentaries about Regiment. blogs and any other medium that has
the American Revolution in Rebels and Redcoats (2003), a profile of During that time he was struck by the calibre of the people under potential public access.
Oliver Cromwell as part of the 100 Greatest Britons series in 2002, his command, and this enthusiasm for the military life consistently Now a new online security awareness campaign has been
and the wide-ranging In The Footsteps Of Churchill (2005), which he informed his books and his television programmes. launched, featuring four online videos that already show
accompanied with a book. As Britain's senior Reservist, holding the rank of Brigadier, he was the signs of going viral.
His subject was war and he always tried to describe events from the first Reservist to hold the post of Director Reserve Forces and Cadets The campaign, which is aimed not just at military
point of view of the soldier of the line, to keep the ordinary soldier at at the Ministry of Defence, and from 1999 to 2007 was Colonel-In- personnel but also their friends and families, aims to
centre stage. Chief of the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment. illustrate the potential risks that social media poses to
In his book Tommy (2004), Brig Holmes challenged the view, Major Marcus Butlin remembers: “When I was at Junior Brecon I operational and personal security.
promoted by the war poets, that WW1 troops were poorly led. He shared a room with three soldiers from his Wessex Bn. They all spoke Four different videos will be released, one every fortnight
also re-examined the beliefs about the prevalence of shellshock, very highly of him - I hadn’t told them that I knew him. From my starting on 1st June. Each video relates to a different
drunkenness in the trenches, and soldiers shot at dawn for cowardice experience soldiers very rarely have anything positive to say about type of social media message but acts as an integral part
or desertion; for instance he pointed out that 90 per cent of death their COs. He was an exception in many ways, a true gentleman who of the whole campaign. They will be supported by four
sentences were commuted. always looked after his men.” posters (in A3 and A4 format) that use the tag line of
Gentleman Careless Tweets
You can see the videos at http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=5tQw2bNcfB4&NR=1 and http://www.youtube.
– or just go onto Youtube and type in MOD Online
Brigadier Professor Richard Holmes 1946 - 2011
hen Fusilier Karl Reay was killed in a car
accident on the A19, his friends and family
were determined that his death should not
be in vain. In May they visited Ashington TA
Centre, home of Z Company, 5th Battalion, the Royal
Regiment of Fusiliers, to present a cheque for £1300 for
Help for Heroes.
The Company will be holding a series of charity events through the
year to raise money to buy a bench in memory of Fusilier Reay, which
will be placed opposite his grave. “Karl will always be a part of Z
Pictured (l to r): Karl’s mother Helen, his sister Lauren, father Karl, sister Company,” said Capt Chris Hall, 2ic of Z Coy. “Once a Fusilier, always
Claire, his girlfriend Megan Wealleans and Capt Chris Hall, 2ic of Z Coy. a Fusilier."
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University Officer Training Corps (UOTC) has
embarked on an ambitious scheme to raise
£350,000 to mark the tenth anniversary of the
The Big Tow is looking for three teams of 10 from each Service
who would like to take part in this fun, competitive and physically
demanding event. You will be competing against the other teams,
start of hostilities in Afghanistan. using man-power alone, to tow Army ambulances along the main
With the snappy – and appropriate - title of DecAid, the appeal by straight of the Rockingham racetrack in Northamptonshire.
Exeter UOTC runs from June to October and includes a range of fund- There is no entrance fee but participants are asked to raise
raising events. Some of the events are challenging to say the least, sponsorship of a minimum of £100 per person. All money raised
such as the attempt to climb all 283 Munroes (Scottish mountains through this event will be given in full to the Service related charities. embers of the Armed Forces
over 3,000 feet) without the use of motor transport in just 49 days. They are still looking for more teams, so if you are interested in will be presented with a
What’s more, you can join in the efforts, as the organisers are looking entering you should contact the organisers on DecAid@live.co.uk. medal to mark Her Majesty
for individuals and teams to take part in the main events… The Queen's Diamond
Jubilee on 6 February 2012.
The design of the medal and details of who
Marking a Decade
will receive one were announced by Culture
Secretary Jeremy Hunt on 28 June. The
commemorative medal, designed to mark
the Queen's 60 years on the throne, will
of Sacrifice and Service be awarded to members of the emergency
services, Prison Service and the following
Armed Forces personnel:
• Members of the Armed Forces (Regular
and Reserves) who have completed
five full calendar years of service on 6
Stretched to the Limit, a tough physical challenge taking February 2012
e place on Sunday 14th August is also looking for teams of ten or • Living holders of the Victoria Cross and
twelve people. The 32 teams will carry loaded stretchers along a George Cross
oing to seven mile route up the highest mountain in Wales (3,560ft). Team • Members of the Royal Household.
gst the members should be over the age of 16, physically fit and up for the Detailed qualifying criteria will be issued later
grueling challenge. Entry is £25 per person and should be sent when this summer.
submitting entry forms, which can be downloaded from the website
at www.DecAid.co.uk. Team members are then asked to raise a
minimum of £125 per person of sponsorship for the event.
89 Climb a Munroe – you may not be up to taking on the challenge Para Engineers NEWS
Hit The Slopes
imbless of climbing all 283 Munroes in 49 days, but you can still join in. Just
serving decide which Munroe or Munroes you would like to climb (you can
climb as many as you like!) and let the DecAid organizers know by
contacting them on DecAid@live.co.uk. Important changes have been made to the rules
26th June 2011 - 2nd October 2011 If all that sounds a bit too energetic, you can still help by making a governing Additional Duties Commitment (ADC). ADCs
an eye donation – just go to the DecAid website (www.DecAid.co.uk). You are widely used as a means of employing Reservists for
can choose to make a general donation to the fund, or sponsor a more than the number of days per year permitted under
ts with specific event. their normal ‘casual’ employment terms, enabling them
to undertake special tasks or projects.
The key changes are:
ng These challenges are only a part of a year-long campaign by DecAid. • Minimum period of work is reduced from 13 weeks
at they Other extreme physical challenges will involve several thousand to four weeks to enable support to operational and
. Our Kindly sponsored by people nationally and all funds raised will be donated to the following collective training.
- Truly Service charities: Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association • The maximum period is reduced to 180 days to
(SSAFA), The British Limbless Ex-Servicemen Association (BLESMA) and achieve coherence with the other Services and to
Talking 2 Minds. comply with legal definitions governing part-time
At the time of going to press, they have already raised more than Sapper Dave Payne ascends Aladdin’s couloir in the Cairgorms in March. Spr working.
£53,000 so they are well on their way to their target of £350,000. Payne and seven others from 299 Parachute Squadron RE journeyed to the • ADC can now be undertaken concurrent with High
Scottish Highlands from their TA centres in Wakefield, Hull and Gateshead Readiness Reserve status.
to successfully complete the Basic Ski Proficiency course (Alpine) and Winter The conditions of service (leave and allowances) have
Good luck to everybody taking part. Mountain Proficiency course. been reviewed separately but affect the ADC personnel.
JSPs 752 and 654 remain the authority in these areas.
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hysical Training (PT) is a core personnel not warned for deployment
command responsibility and in Step 2. The majority of the TA is at
individuals at every rank have this level; the FFA standard. The annual
a duty to keep themselves fit MATT requirement is:
and healthy. A successful PT Policy (1) PFA. One PFA at a satisfactory
requires leadership by example, (Green) level. The PFA should be used
with the chain of command, as a progressive stage towards AFT.
Permanent Staff, Brigade (2) AFT. One Loaded March (LM).
Staff and senior commanders c. Level 3. Level 3 is for personnel who
demonstrating their commitment are in Step 2 and not in deployable posts.
to maintaining standards of The MATT requirement is to pass the PFA
fitness. biannually. There are no age exemptions.
The Policy governing physical training for
all TA personnel is being revised, providing Recording of Results.
guidance to the Chain of Command on the All test results are to be recorded in the
conduct of PT and testing within a unit. It Fitness Information Software System (FISS),
contains the regulations for the conduct of the prime source for historical and unit
PT in the Territorial Army and integrates with analysis. They should also be recorded in
the Graduated Commitment Mechanism the individual’s personal military training
(GCM). record on JPA.
Physical Development Inspection.
Fit To Fight
The delivery of Physical Development (PD)
activities is to comply with current military
and civilian legislation. Formation SO2s
The New PT Policy
PD, or their representatives, will conduct
PD inspections of units within their AOR.
Regular and TA units with an established
strength of 35 or more are required to
submit a completed PDI Questionnaire
The Graduated Commitment Regular unit, prior to deployment and without a medical reason will be subject annually. Formation HQs will direct which
Mechanism. Hybrid Foundation specific to the operational environment to a Formal Warning which may result in units are to be subject to a formal PDI. As
CMS Mission Specific Training (MST) Programmed Operations
The GCM is a training and force generation Training (HFT) and role related demands in theatre. Administrative Action if appropriate a guide, a minimum of 50% of both major
planning tool for the TA, designed to Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 and will not be granted a Certificate of and minor units will be visited annually.
generate forces for current and contingent Certificate of Efficiency – Bounty. Efficiency.
MATT 2 Level 1 OFTs
operations. Implemented at the beginning The rules governing the Certificate of Failure to attain the required fitness Undertaking Physical Training.
of training year 10/11, it continues to HFT 1 Efficiency (CoE) are fully explained in TA standards cannot alone be used as grounds Physical fitness is one of the core
MST 1 MST 2
be refined. Fig 1 shows how the GCM Ph 1 HFT 2 Regulations; the physical fitness bounty- for discharge/retirement, but may be used fundamentals of soldiering. TA personnel
(Pre-mob) (Post- mob)
incorporates physical fitness throughout the earning criteria and policy is as follows: as evidence of inefficiency which may rely more on self motivation than their
training cycle. HFT 1 continues for those not deploying The CoE for MATT 2 Levels 1 and 2 contribute to such a decision. The process Regular counterparts to attain required
requires the AFT, the vocational fitness to be undertaken when an individual fails fitness levels for annual bounty or
MATT 2 Testing continues at unit attainment level throughout Step 2
Fig 1. Physical Training in the GCM cycle test, to be passed annually. This enables their vocational fitness test (AFT) is outlined mobilisation. Commanding Officers
the focus of fitness training to be on within the new policy. will have only limited opportunities to
The GCM includes the planning and conduct those not deploying at the respective unit Training should centre on building a firm strength and endurance conditioning. conduct fitness training in units within
of PT and the testing of personnel to ensure attainment level. foundation and broad base of all-round In addition, for all MATT 2 Levels, the Military Annual Training Test 2 – Fitness. allocated Man Training Days, although
that the correct level of fitness is achieved c. Step 3. The minimum standard in personal fitness, then build progressively to PFA must be attempted by all eligible The MATT annual training and testing every opportunity should be exploited.
at key stages. Physical fitness training and Step 3 is passing both Personal Fitness achieving vocational fitness standards. personnel. An ‘attempt’ is defined as: requirement is based on 3 attainment levels. Individuals must therefore carry out fitness
testing will be conducted throughout the Assessment (PFA) and Annual Fitness Test d. Step 4. MATT 2 Level 1 testing will be completing all aspects of the test, but not These apply to the GCM as described training on their own. The emphasis should
GCM as follows: (AFT) at MATT Level 1. Pre-Deployment PT conducted during the Battle Camp phase necessarily meeting all of the standards above: be placed on encouraging, monitoring
a. Step 1. Phase 1 Output testing at the needs to commence for all TA personnel of Step 4 (MST 1 – pre-mob), with sweep i.e. doing as many press ups as possible a. Level 1. This is the minimum standard and mentoring the achievements of
end of Step 1. once they enter Step 3 of the GCM. up testing conducted at RTMC prior to in 2 minutes; doing as many sit ups as for those in Steps 3 – 5 and on High individuals, and advising them on fitness
b. Step 2. On entering Step 2 of the GCM, Commanders should ensure that PT is mobilisation. Fit For Mobilisation (FFM) is possible in 2 minutes and running for 1.5 Readiness Reserve (HRR) engagements. development. This responsibility will be
an individual will be Fit For Action when progressively increased in order to prepare the standard to which TA units will prepare miles. Personnel are to attain this level before shared by regional HQ PD staff, affiliated
he/she has completed TA Potential Officer soldiers for MATT 2 Level 1 testing, the and achieve prior to entry into Step 5. moving into Step 4 and maintain it Regular unit RAPTC instructors, unit fitness
(TAPO) or Phase 1 and Phase 2 Soldier standards for which are to be reached and e. Step 5. Prior to attaining Fitness For Employment Policy for Fitness Failures. throughout Steps 4 and 5. Thus, it is instructors, appropriately qualified at the
Training. MATT 2 testing and assessment maintained during Steps 3 – 5; should an Deployment (FFD), Operational Fitness The TA’s policy for fitness failures is: also the FFM requirement. There is no Army School of Physical Training, and the
will be conducted for TA personnel during individual subsequently be unable to pass Tests (OFTs) may be conducted during Officers or soldiers who fail to attain a exemption for age. Regional Training Centres (RTCs), utilising
Step 2 and will continue at HFT 1 for these tests then they will revert to Step 2. Step 5 under the direction of the receiving pass in their vocational fitness test (AFT) b. Level 2. Applies to deployable their RAPTC WOs.
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Coronation West Ham(TA)
Major General David Shaw, General Booked
Officer Commanding 2nd Division
and Governor of Edinburgh Castle, oldiers from F and G Company, 7th Battalion, were
inspects one of the gun crews of 105th presented recently with commemorative New
Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers) Testament Bibles by the Members and Friends of the
after they fired a 21-Gun Royal Salute Hope Baptist Church in Forest Gate.
at Edinburgh Castle to commemorate The Bibles were donated by the church and inscribed on the front cover
the Coronation of Her Majesty The with the Regiment’s cap badge, a rare and very special dedication.
Queen on 2nd June. Commanding Church Officer Mr Brian Fitzsimons, along with the Deacon Mr Ferris
Officer of 105th Regt, Lt Col Chris Lindsay, presented the Bibles to the reservists, who are due to deploy to
Huthwaite said: "As ever, the troops Afghanistan in October.
conducting the Royal Salute have “Having met with the unit recently at an event, and hearing that so many Members of F & G Coys with
Deacon Mr Ferris Lindsay
trained hard and were keen to ensure of our local young men were off to serve in Afghanistan, we felt we
that everything ran smoothly. I’m wanted to mark the occasion in a significant way,” said Mr Fitzsimons,
sure the day proved to be a fitting who also read a passage to the assembled parade from a Bible presented
tribute to Her Majesty, and an to troops going off to World War 2 in 1939. presentation and on behalf of the lads here tonight and the Regiment we
equally impressive spectacle for those Officer Commanding G Company, Major Micky Blake thanked the will make sure your gift will travel with us.”
watching." Deacon and Friends and Members from Hope Church for such a Members of F and G Company, 7RIFLES, were mobilised in May to serve
generous and fitting presentation, saying: “This is a very special with their Regular counterparts before going to Afghanistan in October.
RLC Win Trophy Injured Soldiers
for get on their
Second Year Bikes
The full 151 Regt team
he GOC’s Challenge Trophy takes place each year at wo soldiers who were seriously injured in Province, but has
Pirbright Training Camp in Surrey, when London TA Afghanistan are inviting everyone to join them made a fantastic
units come together to compete against each other on a 470 mile bike ride. recovery since he
in a series of challenging tasks. Rifleman Paul Jacobs and Rifleman Michael Swain sustained his injuries
More than 200 London-based TA soldiers competed in Skill at Arms, will cycle 470 miles from Edinburgh to London on tandem in 2009.
Military Skills, Shooting and Sports events, with 151 London Transport and hand bikes to raise money for the Armed Forces. The The pair have been
Regiment RLC (V) winning the trophy for the second year running. Ride of Britain is the first ever mass participation cycling training for the
The 151 Shooting Team swept the board in all of the shooting events, event, where members of the public and Armed Forces event since mid-
came first in the Military Skills competition, runners up in the Tug of are invited to take part and help to raise money for the 2010 and learned how to master their bikes as part of
War and overall winners of the GOC Trophy. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) their rehabilitation, and to challenge themselves to raise
Their Commanding Officer, Lt Col Adrian Lee, said: “I am absolutely Forces Help, a charity that provides practical help for money and awareness for a cause close to their hearts.
delighted. It was an extremely hard-fought competition with high serving personnel, veterans and their families. Of his training efforts on his tandem bike, Paul, from the
quality teams from across London District putting in fantastic Blinded in 2009 when he was caught in a blast trying 2nd Battalion The Rifles said: “My brother Joe is going to
performances. To be able to retain the Trophy against these odds is to save a colleague in Afghanistan, Paul has since be my tandem partner but we’ve never cycled together
all the more impressive and testament to the quality and effort of the been awarded the George Medal for bravery and before so we’ll be training all summer. It is going to
151 Regiment soldiers that took part.” recently married Louise, a nurse who cared for him be tough but I’m looking forward it. I climbed Mount
A number of the Regiment are preparing to deploy on operations later while recovering at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kilimanjaro in February and I’m also doing the Great
Maj Paul Gotobed receiving the Trophy on behalf of the 151 team from this year, so although the competition may have been tiring, it was Birmingham. Michael Swain, from 3rd Battalion The North Run for SSAFA a week before the cycle ride, so I
Brig Mathew Lowe, Deputy Commander LONDIST also great training. Rifles, lost both his legs in an IED explosion in Helmand reckon I will be well able to do this!” Continued over
18 TAQ12 June 2011 TAQ12 June 2011 19
“I have completed shorter overseas hand bike events but this will villages of Cambridgeshire. On the final day, the cyclists will pedal
be the ultimate challenge,” adds Michael. “I hope I can inspire the their way through the buzzing atmosphere of London, finishing their
general public to sign up to support SSAFA, as well as servicemen gallant ride at the iconic Horseguards Parade.
and women who are receiving TeamSSAFA co-ordinator Laurena
rehabilitation at Headley Court. Di Bello commented: “In 2009,
SSAFA helps so many families Ben Fogle and James Cracknell
cycling event ‘Ride of
and I’m proud to be able to undertook a similar challenge,
give something back.” cycling non-stop in a rickshaw
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Cover photo: Corporal Nathan Lewington of 151 London Transport Regiment (V)
taking part in this year’s GOC’s Challenge Trophy at Pirbright in
Surrey. See page 18 for more.
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