South West Reservist and Cadet News - April 2017
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Partnering with Defence Conference 2017 - video

Amid significant change across the world, Defence in the UK is seeing increasing engagement from employers big and small. They want to help create a fairer world for our Armed Forces.

Countdown to Armed Forces Day

On March 16 2017, there were only 100 days left until this year's Armed Forces Day.  To mark the milestone, uniformed personnel from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force gathered at the waterfront in Liverpool, to see a huge ‘100’ banner, complete with the tri-services ensigns, taking over the side of the Cunard Building. The banners were flanked by abseiling Royal Marine Reservists. 

The unveiling comes as plans are well underway for Saturday 24 June with the city preparing to show its support and say thank you to the armed forces community – from currently serving troops, to service families, veterans and cadets.

A parade of around 1,000 serving personnel, veterans, cadets and marching bands will signal the start of the Armed Forces Day celebrations on the Saturday in June. Stepping-off from St George’s Hall plateau at 11am, the impressive display of colour and sound will travel through the city centre, culminating at Princes Parade where a salute will be given to a number of special guests and dignitaries.  Read more.  

6 Rifles take part in Exercise Frosted Wyvern

This March 44 Reserves from 6 Rifles had the opportunity to take part in Exercise Frosted Wyvern, an intense alpine ski expedition which took place in La Tania, in the French Alps.

Reserves took part in the week long course, which was designed to teach first-timers new skills, and develop the skills of those who have some previous experience of skiing.

The course was designed to provide the training required for all attendees to achieve either Joint Service Ski

Foundation Level One, Two or Three (SF1/2/3). All students passed their respective courses.  Read more.

Army Reservists in Bristol welcome a return to light gun role with Royal Artillery

Army Reservists in Bristol have been reunited with the 105mm light gun of the Royal Artillery as they look forward to resuming a very familiar role.

For the last three years, members of 266 (Gloucestershire Volunteer Artillery) Battery based at Whiteladies Road Army Reserve Centre, have been in a reconnaissance role, equipped with a miniature unmanned aircraft system (MUAS) called the Desert Hawk 3.

Under a reorganisation of the Army announced before Christmas, 266 Battery’s parent Reserve unit, 104

Regiment, will be equipped with the 105mm light gun.

Each gun is operated by a crew of six. With a range of 10 miles, it is a mainstay of the Royal Artillery, used by parachute and commando field artillery regiments and able to be towed by a 4×4 vehicle or slung under a Chinook helicopter.  Read more.

Sea Cadets Newsletter

The Sea Cadets April 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
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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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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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