South West Reservist and Cadet News - February 2017
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Trombonist Mike leads new recruits to Army Reserve Band

The Salamanca Band and Bugles of 6 Rifles, an Army Reserve Band based at Exeter with a detachment at Truro, has been running a successful recruiting drive for new musicians.

The band has already auditioned more than 20 new applicants this year, including trombonist Mike Hall, from

Redruth, who is the first to join up.  Would-be recruits joined current Reservists in a weekend of auditions and rehearsals at Wyvern Barracks in Exeter. It included giving new applicants their first experience as members of a military marching band.

Mike, 31, said: “It was really useful to get an insight into what was involved and great to have the full band together. The atmosphere among the band members was good too.

“One of the things that attracted me was the flexibility around rehearsals,” added Mike, who is director of a company specialising in electronic point-of-sale equipment for customers across Devon and Cornwall.  Read more.

Devon business provides careers advice to Army Cadets

Exeter based business Endorse HR are helping young people from Devon Army Cadet Force take charge of their future. The business is teaming up with local Cadets to provide careers advice and expertise.

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Endorse HR, based in Exeter, is working with the Army Cadet Force in Devon to help provide young people prepare for the workplace, by teaching them important employability skills such as interview techniques.

The seminar is part of the Army Cadet Force initiative Pathways4Cadets, in association with Skills Group, which offers Cadets and young adult volunteers a new pathway into employment or apprenticeships. The initiative is free of charge and helps to translate the skills young people gain in the Army Cadet Force into benefits employers and further education organisations can understand.  Read more.

Candlelight Care the 190th South West business to sign the Armed Forces Covenant

Candlelight Care, which has bases in Wimborne, Sherborne, Trowbridge and Glastonbury has become the 190th organisation to adopt the Armed Forces Covenant in the South West, among the 1,300 businesses who have already made their pledges across the UK.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation, ensuring that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. Businesses, from sole-trader to multinational, public bodies or charities who wish to support the Armed Forces community can sign the Covenant and publicly declare their commitments.

A wide variety of organisations have signed the Covenant, pledging their support to the Armed Forces community. Candlelight Care offers homecare and live in care services, and the Covenant will cover its bases in Dorset, Somerset, and Wiltshire.  Read more.

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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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