Students get a taste of life at Army Reserve

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Examining at army equipment and learning about the use of Improvised Explosive Devices were just some of the activities sampled when Gainsborough students visited their local Army Reserve centre in Lincoln.

Students from Lincoln Collehe, some of whom are from Gainsborough visited 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron Royal Logistics Corps (RLC) to learn more about life in the Army Reserve as part of their Public Service course.

The event, on Friday, January 15, also gave the students the chance to learn about army vehicles and talk to members of the squadron about their own experiences as a reservist- including training they have conducted and locations they have been mobilised to.

Chloe Young, 16, from Gainsborough, said: “I am currently studying my Level 2 BTEC and want to become an army dog handler in the future.

“Getting to come to the barracks today and try out all the activities has been a great change from the classroom. I have learnt lots of things I never knew about the Army Reserve, including the qualifications and specialisms on offer.”

One of the reservists on-hand to speak to students on the day was Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) Nigel O’Leary, he said: “Having previously visited Lincoln College students to give a talk about life in the Army Reserve, I was keen for them to come down and see what it is all about.

“Seeing the students learn about cooking in the field and putting their all into military exercises like those used to select officers at Sandhurst was a proud moment and I hope that the day has inspired some of the students to think about a career in the Army Reserve when they are over 18 years.”