An Army Reservist from Grantham wants to encourage local people to learn more about becoming a Reservist, and has spoken about his personal development and the qualifications he has earned on-the-job.
Private Peter Nairn, aged 25, who works as a bin man in his civilian life, joined the Army Reserve in April last year because he missed the camaraderie of being a regular, full-time soldier.
Peter said: “Being a Reserve is great as I get to see my partner and kids all the time at home, have a civilian job and get to train to the standard of a regular soldier.
“I joined 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron last year and have since been working towards completing a few driving qualifications. I completed my heavy goods vehicle licence in December last year and am currently working towards my advanced certificate to drive six, nine and 15 tonne vehicles.”
Peter is also pleased with how his civilian employer has enabled him to do both jobs. He said: “South Kesteven District Council has been really supportive of my role in the Army Reserve. They have given me extra time off for training when I’ve needed it and appreciate the extra qualifications I am working towards in my spare time with the Reserves.
“My new heavy goods vehicle licence means that in time I can start to drive the bin lorry in my day-job. There are lots of cross overs between my two roles such as my improved confidence and the leadership and communication skills I have gained. I was a really shy person before but being in the Reserves has helped me to overcome this.
“My partner and children encouraged me to join 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron in Lincoln as they knew that I had an interest in driving and missed my previous military career.
“Being a Reserve allows me to have the best of both worlds. I still get opportunities to take part in the military training as well as doing adventurous activities, going skiing, shooting and playing a variety of sports through the Reserves. Then I can go home and have a civilian career too.”
The 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron is looking to recruit both male and female Reservists aged from 18 to 50 years old, and there are a variety of roles available for drivers, chefs, clerical staff and medical professionals.
To find out more about the Army Reserve visit www.army.mod.uk
To learn more about 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron call 01522 529082.