It's Reserves Day - Would you like to join?

reservists day

Today is National Reserves Day - It's time to celebrate the amazing reservists we have working for EEAST who spend their spare time being a reservist in the armed forces.

What is a reservist?

Reservists are committed individuals who volunteer their time to serve with the Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force. Reservists, like full-time members of the Armed Forces, take part in military and civil relief operations.

Currently, there are around 24,000 trained reservists, and the Ministry of Defence aims to increase this to 35,000 by 2018/19. Around 4,000 of these reservists are clinical staff from medical services, such as consultant, surgeons, paramedics, GPs, pharmacists, dentists, radiographers, nurses and medical technicians. Training commitments vary for reservists, but can be up to 27 days a year. This is completed on evenings and weekends, with the exception of the two weeks ‘annual camp’ when they will be absent from work.

As well as the Ministry of Defence paying the reservist for attending training and performing their duties, they will also receive an annual tax-exempt bonus for successfully completing their training commitments.  

If you are interested, please contact your HR team and have a look at this film for more details.

 

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