289 Commando Troop, part of 266 Battery, 104 Regiment, already numbers more than 20 Reservists, many of them attracted by the prospect of earning the celebrated Green Beret.
Take 21-year-old Gunner Jack Dyer, who joined up last year as he completed a geography degree at Plymouth University. He has just been accepted on the Regular Army’s All-Arms Commando Course along with two more soldiers from the unit – Falmouth University student Daniel Agar and Morgan Lameroux, from Liskeard.
Ahead is 17 weeks of hard slog at the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre, Lympstone and ultimately, for those who make it, the honour of wearing the ‘green beret’.
Jack, originally from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, is currently a member of the recruiting team at 289 Troop. He became a Reservist “as a way of seeing whether I would choose to go for a career in the Regulars.
“As things developed, I particularly enjoyed some of the physical activities. And that led to the idea of taking the Commando course. Up to now, I’ve been doing a lot of training on my own just to improve my fitness levels as much as possible. The only way to approach it is with total commitment.”
To learn more about 289 Troop call 01752 236151.
For general information about being an Army Reservist with 104 Regiment, Royal Artillery, visit http://www.army.mod.uk/artillery/regiments/24684.aspx or call 0345 600 8080.