South West Reservist and Cadet News - July 2015
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Wiltshire Army Cadets complete Ten Tors Challenge and earn Blue Peter badges

Six cadets from local detachments of Wiltshire Army Cadet Force have just received their BBC Blue Peter badges for helping the programme during the annual Ten Tors Challenge held on Dartmoor

Blue Peter presenters, Lyndsey Russell and Radzi Chinyanganya, supported by members of the Royal Artillery’s 29 Commando Regiment based in Plymouth, took on the Challenge along side 2,170 youngsters from schools and youth groups read more.
Story/photos from Salisbury Journal

Former Cadet Terrance Smith returns to 1069 Squadron ATC for first time since 1942

Former cadet Terrance Smith returned to 1069 Squadron ATC for the annual formal inspection. The last time he was at the squadron was in 1942 when he was about to join the Royal Air Force. The squadron learned about Terrance from an article in this magazine and invited him to come along and see the differences since his day as a cadet.

Story and photo from Blackmore Vale Magazine.

Bridgwater office worker meets new challenges in Army Reserve

Army Reservists in Somerset have made a rapid and successful transfer from an infantry role to the noisy and spectacular world of military flying.

It’s just a year since soldiers from the Taunton-based former B Company, 6 Rifles – including South African-born Air Trooper Alex Douglas, 24, of Bridgwater changed to the light blue beret and distinctive “winged” cap badge of 675 (The Rifles) Squadron, Army Air Corps.  Read more

Atos signs Armed Forces Corporate Covenant at the Tank Museum, Bovington 

Leading digital services company Atos has pledged to honour the Armed Forces Covenant in a ceremony at the Tank Museum, Bovington, in Dorset.

Joe Hemming, Chief Operating Officer of Atos UK and Ireland, signed the Covenant with Lieutenant Colonel John Godfrey, Commanding Officer of The Royal Wessex Yeomanry, the UK’s Armoured Reserve Regiment, based entirely in the South West read more

New Commander for Army Reserve Infantry in Dorchester

Army Reservists with Dorchester-based C Company, 6th Battalion, The Rifles, have welcomed a Dorset-born former Regular soldier as their new Officer Commanding.

Major Toby Hood’s decade of Regular Army service included two Afghanistan tours and ended with his appointment as aide-de-camp (personal assistant) to the Adjutant-General at Army HQ, Andover.

Toby left the Regular Army in September 2013 and within days was back in uniform with the Reserves – initially running C Company’s Poole platoon, then as second-in-command at Dorchester.  Read more.

FR20 Programme Update – May 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 with 31 of the 40 White Paper recommendations now delivered. All three Services exceeded their Trained Strength targets for Financial Year 2014/15. There are now 24,630 trained Reservists and recruitment to the Reserves was 65% higher than the previous year. However, we cannot afford to be complacent as the targets will become increasingly challenging to meet.

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Army Reservist Aimee mobilises for key role in Afghanistan

Army Reserve officer Aimee Morris, of Bath-based 43 Signal Squadron, part of 39th Signal Regiment, is being deployed to Afghanistan this summer.

The 27-year-old 2nd Lieutenant will be there for seven months, training and supporting soldiers of the Afghan Army.

Aimee, a PE teacher in civilian life, said: “Because our combat troops have withdrawn from the country, a lot of people are surprised to learn what I’m doing. But we still have an important role out there. In particular, I’ll be working with potential officers – a really exciting challenge.

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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
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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.

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