South West Reservist and Cadet News - October 2017
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39 Signal Regiment welcomes back young officer Emily from exchange visit with US National Guard

A young Reservist officer with 39 Signal Regiment has returned from an action-packed exchange visit with the US Army National Guard – and to imminent promotion to Lieutenant.

Emily Griffiths was seconded to the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) in New York state as part of the Military Reserve Exchange Programme (MREP).

At home, she trains with 43 Signal Squadron, based at Bath Army Reserve Centre, and works in Bristol as a project manager for recruitment company Experis.   The company recently received a Gold Award in the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme.  
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Bournemouth University signs Armed Forces Covenant

Bournemouth University (BU) has signed the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a commitment to those who serve, have served, their families and the bereaved.

From all around the country, different organisations have shown their support by signing the covenant and pledging specific commitments.

Signing the covenant means BU is now a forces-friendly employer and supports employees as reservists and veterans.

BU has chosen specific promises to support employees within the armed forces community; the two sections are as follows:

  • Principles of the Armed Forces Covenant
  • Demonstrating our Commitment 

More details of BU’s specific pledges can be found on the Armed Forces Covenant website.

Help Bristol Army Cadet Force to raise funds for flights costs lost due to Monarch Airline going bust

Bristol ACF has, during the last 18 months , planned an adventure training trip for the cadets to Cyprus to take part in Mountain Biking. The cadets are aged between 14 and 17 and for some this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity as some of the cadets are from very disadvantaged backgrounds. The trip had been planned booked and paid for using funds raised by the cadets themselves, this was achieved through bag packing and sponsorship events. With the collapse of Monarch airlines, Bristol ACF has lost all of the booked flights and the money associated with them.  Money has been loaned to Bristol ACF to replace the flights, but they are now fundraising to help pay off the loan.

If you're able to help, please click the logo below.

Lord-Lieutenant honours Army Cadet Force leader in Gloucester

When a football injury led to knee surgery and reluctantly forced Andy Barraclough to quit as a Royal Marines Reservist, it opened up an unexpected second volunteering career – as an inspirational leader in Gloucestershire Army Cadet Force.

It all began ten years ago as an instructor in the Stroud Platoon. Then, after stints with other detachments, including Stonehouse and Tetbury, he moved on to his current role as a 2nd Lieutenant and Commander of Gloucester’s Hardwicke Platoon.

The outstanding contribution of the 48-year-old firefighter with Gloucestershire’s Fire and Rescue Service has been rewarded with the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire’s Certificate for Meritorious Service.  Read more.

Bristol Adventure Sea Cadets earn BTEC qualifications

Three Bristol Adventure Sea Cadets were recently presented with their CVQO BTEC Level 1 Certificates and one was presented with a Level 2 Diploma.  

Unit President, Brigadier (Retired) Tom Lang made the presentations to the four cadets at the end of September.

All cadets have the opportunity to achieve the free BTEC Stages 1 and 2 in teamwork and public service, provided by CVQO and specially set up for the purpose. Stage 2 is equivalent to 5 GCSEs.

Click here for more information about CVQO qualifications for 13 to 18 year olds.

Long-serving Army Reservist receives Lord-Lieutenant's award

A mother-of-two from Hucclecote has been honoured by the Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire with a Certificate for Meritorious Service after completing exactly 25 years’ unbroken commitment to the Army Reserve.

Corporal Tracy Millard, who was mobilised to Iraq in 2003 and now has a busy role at Eastern Avenue Army Reserve Centre as an administrator with 6 Rifles, said the accolade came as “a lovely surprise.”

She continued: “I joined up originally because my brother served in the Territorial Army (now the Army Reserve) and was always coming home from weekend activities full of the exciting things he had done.  Read more.

Bristol Poppy Ball

Saturday 18 November 2017

Raising funds for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, The Bristol Poppy Ball includes a four course dinner with speaker Jon-Allan Butterworth MBE, Golf Medal Paralympic Cyclist Rio, live auction and sparkling reception.  Dancing to Super Vision featuring Cliff Moore, tickets cost £55.  For more information ring Jon on 07773 913 738.

Sea Cadets Newsletter

The Sea Cadets October newsletter is now available.  For news about the Sea Cadets throughout the country click here.

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About Wessex RFCA

The Wessex Reserve Forces' & Cadets' Association is an independent, non-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting the 3,700 tri-service Reservists and 15,000 Cadets across the South West.

The RFCA is also required to assist the Defence Council and all three services.  To find out more click here.


Reservists come from all backgrounds, regions and jobs and get paid to train in their spare time. The Reserves cover all three services - Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Marines Reserve, Army Reserve and Royal Air Force Reserve.
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The aim of the UK cadet forces are to contribute to the development of young people. Cadets have the chance develop new skills and qualities needed to ensure they become the next generation of responsible citizens.
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