Army reservist Jamie joins ‘wear uniform to work’ day

Gunner Jamie Waddell in his Army Reserve Unit uniform, right, with Triumph colleagues Jake McElroy, Ray Taylor, managing director Chris Allen and Chris Kelly

Gunner Jamie Waddell in his Army Reserve Unit uniform, right, with Triumph colleagues Jake McElroy, Ray Taylor, managing director Chris Allen and Chris Kelly

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An Isle of Man resident joined thousands of army reservists around the UK by wearing his uniform to work to celebrate Reserves Day.

Jamie Waddell, aged 26, who works at the Triumph garage as a tool maker in Onchan wore his army uniform to work to mark the day.

As we previously reported, the Army is setting up a reserve unit in the island for the first time 50 years.

A recruitment drive and launch was held in May for the planned Army Reserve Unit with around 150 candidates putting themselves forward.

The Army Reserve, formerly known as the Territorial Army or ‘TA’, last had a unit on the Isle of Man in 1968.

Jamie, from Onchan, who is a gunner, said: ‘There are a variety of positions available. We meet every Wednesday between 7pm and 9pm at the NSC.

‘It’s free training and anyone is welcome. There are lots of different roles available, drivers, chefs, clerks.

‘People can just come down and discuss what’s available if they think they might be interested.

‘There has been a really good response on the island.’

A spokesman for the Army said: ‘We now have some strong candidates from the island who are on the way to becoming reservists.’

The Army believes there is an opportunity to recruit personnel as part of the Army 2020 plan which will see reservists play an even greater role in defence.

The aim is to set up the Isle of Man Reserve Force, which will have a distinct Manx identity and which will consist of a range of military trades such as infantry, engineers, artillery, logistics and medical.

Reservists are currently supporting operations worldwide including in Afghanistan, Northern Iraq, Cyprus, Bosnia and Herzegovina and as part of the UK’s effort to counter Ebola in Sierra Leone.

Deputy Commander of 42nd Infantry Brigade and Headquarters North West, Colonel Philip Harrison, said: ‘The Isle of Man has always been a strong supporter of our work.

‘We want to offer would-be reservists better training, closer to home.’

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