Army Reservist Aimee mobilises for key role in Afghanistan

22.06.2015

Bath_Morris_0119Army Reserve officer Aimee Morris, of Bath-based 43 Signal Squadron, part of 39th Signal Regiment, is being deployed to Afghanistan this summer.

The 27-year-old 2nd Lieutenant will be there for seven months, training and supporting soldiers of the Afghan Army.

Aimee, a PE teacher in civilian life, said: “Because our combat troops have withdrawn from the country, a lot of people are surprised to learn what I’m doing. But we still have an important role out there. In particular, I’ll be working with potential officers – a really exciting challenge.

“For me, this is the perfect opportunity to make use of all my Army training as well as utilising some of the skills of my civilian profession. The fact is that no-one should be a Reservist if they don’t want to tackle an operational tour.”

Aimee’s Army experience goes back to 2007 when, as a student in London, she joined her university’s Officer Training Corps. She enlisted with 39th Signals in 2010 and was commissioned in 2013, attached to 43 Signal Squadron at the Army Reserve Centre in Upper Bristol Road.

She lives in Bath and is from a family with a strong military background. Her father, Major Andy Morris, is the Officer Commanding 93 (North Somerset Yeomanry) Support Squadron, which is also part of 39th Signal Regiment, but based in Bristol.

Aimee said: “You find quite a lot of fathers and sons in the Army Reserve, but a father and daughter in the same unit is less common – so I’m rather proud of it. Certainly, I would never have considered joining but for the fact my Dad was a Reservist.

“Part of me still says I should have gone for a Regular Army career. On the other hand, I always wanted to be a teacher – so now I have the best of both worlds.”

In her student days, the Officer Training Corps encouraged Aimee to “live a life less ordinary”. That’s a mantra she still follows.

Amy Morris 39 Signals Regiment39th Signal Regiment is a specialist Reserve unit, operating from Army Reserve Centres in Bristol, Bath, Gloucester, Cardiff and Windsor.

It provides vital communications support and information management to the Armed Forces, emergency services and local government agencies in times of crisis – for example, flooding, natural disasters or terrorist attacks.

Its soldiers recently took part in Exercise Wessex Trot, staged at the Army’s built-up area training centre at Copehill Down, near Warminster. It featured an assault on an ‘enemy-occupied’ house. The aim was to train officers and soldiers in modern urban combat tactics and to use their communication skills.

A package of financial and other support is available to all employers to help them accommodate absences and minimise the impact on their business. Additional financial help is available for SMEs, recognising the greater impact that absences can have on smaller companies.

For more information about 39th Signal Regiment, call 01985 223735 or to find out about wider opportunities in the Army Reserve visit

http://www.army.mod.uk/signals/25282.aspx

Information on support for employers can be found at:

http://www.sabre.mod.uk/Employers/The-Mobilisation-process/Financial-assistance



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