Army Reservist Ross Langham, from Paulton in North Somerset, will swap civilian clothes for his military uniform when he heads for the office on Wednesday (25 June) to celebrate the Armed Forces’ sixth annual Uniform to Work Day.
The 27-year-old Signaller, a sales, support and marketing engineer for software house CSM3D International at Street, joined Bath-based 43 Signal Squadron, 39 Signal Regiment, earlier this year.
Uniform to Work Day is part of a week-long series of events building up to Armed Forces Day on 28 June and helps recognise the significant contribution that Reservists make to the nation’s security, at home and overseas.
Ross, who hails originally from Shepton Mallet, considered a Regular Army career as a young man. “Both my parents were in the Army and so I was aware of a strong military influence as I grew up,” he said.
However, his career took a different path after studying at Strode College, Street, and then completing a degree in criminology and criminal justice at Portsmouth University. “Joining the Army Reserve now gives me the best of both worlds – a civilian occupation but with a chance to experience Army life and to make the most of my skills in both roles.”
Ross is due to complete the first stage of Army basic training next month and will immediately progress to the second phase and qualification as a communications systems operator.
Ian Paris, managing director of CSM3D, said: “We are fully supportive of Ross and his commitment to the Army Reserve. I am sure there will be skills he develops as a specialist reservist that will also apply in his business life – and vice versa.”
Around 30,000 people across the UK give up their time to be part of the Armed Forces Reserves, and Reservists have been deployed over 25,000 times since 2003 on operations around the globe.
Many of the Reservists taking part have served on operational tours and have a wealth of skills and experience from civilian life that they bring to their roles in the Armed Forces.
For more information about 43 Signal Squadron call 01225 427747 or to find out about wider opportunities in the Army Reserve visit www.army.mod.uk/join/20237.aspx.
For information about employing Reservists, go to www.sabre.mod.uk/