Celebrating Reserves Day

Every year, many people in the NW choose to balance their civilian life with a military career to ensure that should their country require them, they are ready to serve as part of the military.

Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces that make up approximately one-sixth of UK’s Armed Forces personnel and as such are integral to protecting the nation’s security at home and overseas, particularly providing capability in specialist areas such as medical and cyber.

Reservists are currently supporting operations worldwide, including in Afghanistan, Northern Iraq, Cyprus, Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, the contribution they make to our Armed Forces often goes unrecognised.

The annual Reserves Day on 21st June recognises the valuable contribution Reservists make to our Armed Forces.

United Utilities invites media to celebrate the day at Haweswater where 8 military units from the Royal Marines, engineers, infantry, cavalry and artillery will come together with an exciting display of 105mm light guns, military trucks, weapon stands and Pinzgauers.

Children from a local High School will also be on site to learn more about a potential life in the military.

United Utilities is one of the largest employers signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant in the North West. It currently has some 7 employees signed up, offers more paid time to spend in the forces than most employers and works hard to offer career paths to those in the NW who are coming out of their military career.

Under the Covenant, employees from a registered employer have the chance to spend time in the military, and Armed Forces personnel have the opportunity to take employment with the employer after leaving the army.

Reservists are everywhere, but you might not know it.