A Bristol Army Reservist helped the Army claim a rare team victory in the national Inter-Services Fencing Championships at RAF Cosford. It was the first time that the competition had featured members of the Reserve Forces in the main event.
Corporal Seng Boon Chan, aged 32, a member of Keynsham-based 71 Military Intelligence Company and a lawyer in civilian life, was a valuable addition to the men’s sabre team.
“I was one of four non-Regulars brought into the Triangular team. Previously, Reservists were only allowed to compete in the individual weapon events,” he said. “As we achieved the first Army win since 1995, it was quite an occasion!”
Seng moved to the UK from his native Malaysia in 1999, joining the Officer Training Corps as a student at Nottingham University, then moving to the Intelligence Corps while continuing his postgraduate studies at Cardiff University.
Since 2010, he has run his own legal consultancy in Bristol, Penjana Ltd.
“Joining as an Army Reservist in Oct 2000 was one of the best things I have done in my life,” he says. “I have learned so much and made many great friends. There are so many opportunities for Reservists these days, especially in the Intelligence Corps, which is currently busy on operations and setting up new units across the country.
“For me, the opportunity to represent the Army and my Corps by competing as a fencer was a bonus.”
71 Military Intelligence Company, part of 7 MI Battalion, is a highly trained force involved in military intelligence, anti-terrorism activities, peace-keeping and other related military operations.
The Army Reserve is planned to expand to 30,000 trained Reservists by 2018. Enhanced conditions for Reservists include the introduction of paid annual leave and pension entitlements during training and operations, plus better access to defence health services and training.
For more information about 71 Military Intelligence Company, call 0117 986 2122 or to find out about wider opportunities in the Army Reserve visit www.army.mod.uk/join/20237.aspx.