South West Reservist and Cadet News - June 2017
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Wessex RFCA's Regional Employer Engagement Director to take on Himalayan Trek

Wessex RFCA's Rachael Brannagan is to take on the challenge of a sponsored Himalayan trek in September, raising funds for The Royal British Legion.

It's a cause close to Rachael's heart.

Rachael's challenge will include trekking over six days in remote parts of the Himalayas, tackling six peaks at high altitude and sleeping outside in temperatures as low as minus 5, with no access to creature comforts.

The challenge is huge but Rachael says "trust me when I say I WILL complete it." 

Rachael's inspiration is her hero, dad Robert Steven 'Luigi' Williams, who died aged 35 due to his service in the Royal Navy.

To read more about Rachael's challenge and her story, you can visit her Justgiving page.

Army Reservists of 165 Port and Maritime Regiment explore the river caverns of the Mexican jungle

A team of Reservists from Plymouth and Cornwall have been on an advanced diving expedition, exploring the spectacular caverns of the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico.

Members of 165 Port & Maritime Regiment train for an essential role as port operators, loading and unloading a wide range of ships – from warships to civilian cargo vessels.

The Regiment is trained to operate in environments where the there is no civilian infrastructure or it has ceased to function, and can provide port facilities from beach operations or in full commercial ports.  Read more.

RAF Reservists go off-road to develop their driving skills

RAF Reservists with 505 Squadron based at St Mawgan have been learning off-road driving skills on the testing sand dunes of Braunton Burrows in North Devon.

The training is a first step to gaining a wide range of qualifications which could

also benefit them in their civilian employment.

Being paid as a Reservist to gain a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) licence was a big attraction for 34-year-old Aircraftsman Ian Davie, who is a Royal Mail postman in Exeter.

“I was making a collection from the Armed Forces Careers Office in Exeter. There were posters about the Reserves and the driving opportunities caught my eye. I just made inquiries and applied.”  Read more.

Army Reserve Medics take part in operational training - short video

Army Reserve medics from South West based 243 Field Hospital have been taking part in training to ensure that they are ready for operations should the need arise.

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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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Alternative Venues Wessex has a range of interesting buildings available to hire across the South West - from fully equipped Cadet and Reserve Centres to beautiful listed buildings dating back hundreds of years.  
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