South West Reservist and Cadet News - May 2017
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Wessex RFCA Estates team press ahead with Army Reserve Centre building projects

Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association has already completed two major building projects at Army Reserve Centres in Yeovil and at Derriford in Plymouth to meet the Future Reserves 2020 rebasing programme.

RFCA estates staff are also carrying out design work on five more FR2020 sites needed by the Army Reserve – Wyvern Barracks (Exeter), Swindon, Horfield (Bristol), Gloucester and Keynsham.

But in his Chairman’s report to members at the annual meeting of the Association in Taunton, Group Captain Mike Trace OBE DL (RAF, retd) also predicted that temporary, partial closures of some facilities in the South West seemed inevitable after further cuts to Defence budgets.

The RFCA contributed £500,000 to military estates budgets in 2016-17, from income it had generated itself through the commercial letting of accommodation and training facilities.  Read more.

South West's Army Reserve medics prepare for key standby role

Nearly 100 Army Reserve medics from around the South West will embark on a 10-day annual camp in Yorkshire next month to prove their operational readiness as a military field hospital.

Exercise JORVIC STANDBY will form part of a mass casualty scenario staged to test the clinical capability of Reservists

from 243 Field Hospital to deploy at short notice to tackle a military or humanitarian emergency anywhere in the world.

It is a challenge that the unit’s doctors, nurses and other clinicians and support staff have faced before – in Bosnia and Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and also Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis.

Many Reservists are employed within NHS Trusts around the region and have used their military training and experience to bring back to their day jobs specialist skills in trauma care.  Read more.

UK 'Iron Man' demonstrates flying suit

A Royal Marine Reservist and inventor from Wiltshire has demonstrated his 'Iron Man' flying suit at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Vancouver.

The suit, which has be made and designed by Reservist Richard Browning, is capable of flying at 200 mph (321km/h) and an altitude of a few thousand feet.  See 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.

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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