South West Reservist and Cadet News - October 2015
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FR20 Programme Update - Autumn 2015

Foreword Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Reserves & Cadets), Major General John Crackett:

“We continue to make good progress in the delivery of the FR20 Programme. This has been confirmed by the External Scrutiny Team’s first statutory report on FR20 and the Reserve Forces in July which concluded that the programme is on or near track for delivery. As you will read below, we continue to improve the Reserve proposition and the relationship between Defence and employers. This is evident from the increasing number of people signing up to the Reserves; the tri-service Reserves strength as at 1 August 2015 is 32,560.

If you would like to read the complete FR20 Autumn Update, click here.

Bristol based digital marketing agency in full support of employing Reservists

Bristol based web design and marketing agency GWS Media says it has “benefited from employing a reservist”. Richard Graves says at first they were
unsure how employing a Reservist would affect the business at first. However 6 months in to employing Digital Marketing Manager, Gareth Simpson, they are proud and supportive of his commitment.  Read more.

Gloucestershire Army Cadets commemorate a ‘bridge too far’

Members of the Gloucestershire Army Cadet Force joined thousands of people at the 69th Airborne March Event in Arnhem, the Netherlands to remember the war dead by leading the 2015 Arnhem marches.

The Airborne March is the world’s largest one-day marching event. This remembrance march is in commemoration of the Battle of Arnhem in 1944, and is held every year on the first Saturday in September at the village of Oosterbeek (near Arnhem) in the Netherlands.

The march is attended by military, cadet force, police, and civilian groups and individual participants from over 17 different countries. The routes are laid out through the several villages of the municipality of Renkum in the Netherlands, along the battlefields and drop zones of Operation Market Garden of September 1944.  Read more.

15 South West NHS Trusts take part in military challenge

Volunteers from NHS Trusts across the South West took part in the South West NHS Military Challenge, organised by 243 Field Hospital and supported by Wessex RFCA.

The event, which was attended by over 160 volunteers from 15 NHS Trusts, including; Bournemouth, 

Gloucestershire, Musgrove Park and Royal Cornwall, took place at Okehampton Camp, Dartmoor.

Regional Employer Engagement Director Jon Beake, from Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association, said; “The South West NHS Military Challenge is a tri-Service Reserve event which showcases some of the training and experiences Reservists undertake, with a particular emphasis on those employed within the NHS.  Read more

Dorset Healthcare pleadges support to the Armed Forces

Dorset Healthcare has publicly pledged their support to the Armed Forces community by signing the Corporate Covenant.

The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant is a voluntary pledge which allows businesses and charities to publicly 

outline how they are willing to demonstrate their support to the armed forces community.

Dorset Healthcare signed the Corporate Covenant at their Annual Members Meeting, held at The Tank Museum, Bovington, and has pledged to offer greater support to veterans and their families.  Read more.

Reserves from 39th Signal Regiment train on Salisbury Plain

Army Reservists from 39th Signal Regiment in Bristol, Bath and Gloucester have spent five days on Salisbury Plain engaged in a major exercise to test their response to ‘terrorist incidents’ sparking off around the country.

The scenario also involved three other Royal Signals Reserve regiments and was the prelude to a wider Exercise, Flying Falcon 2015, with more than 1,000 Regular and Reserve soldiers in the Army’s largest annual communications exercise.  Read more.

Sea Cadets Newsletter

The Sea Cadets September 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 3000 tri-service Reservists and 14,000 Cadets across the South West of England.

The RFCA is also required to assist the Defence Council and all three services at any level. To find out more about the RFCA
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 - The Royal Naval Reserve, Army Reserve, The Royal Marines Reserve and the Royal Air Force Reserve. Find out more.


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. Find out more.

Alternative Venues

Alternative Venues Wessex has a range of interesting buildings available to rent across the South West - from fully equipped Cadet and Territorial Army Centres to beautiful listed buildings dating back hundreds of years. Find out more.

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