In 2003 I signed up to join the Infantry but got medically deferred for over 2 years due to a serious motorcycle accident.
I lost interest in joining the British Army at that time because of all the medical setbacks and the time it was taking to have further operations.
I continued with my civilian job and went on to study medical science at college and biomedical science at university.
Many years later in 2020, I joined the British Army as a Reservist. Now with financial commitments that I didn’t have when younger, I realised joining as a Regular soldier was no longer an option for me.
One of the reasons why I joined as a Reservist was to do more exciting and challenging things before getting too old! I also wanted to get my C+E driving licence.
Within a short time of serving as a Reserve it became apparent that, with my civilian job commitments, things weren’t progressing at the pace I was looking for.
Struggling to get to drill nights due to emergency work as a civilian and being unable to take time off to do what is available with the British Army, I soon got stuck in a rut.
After hearing about Operator Sponsored Reserve positions available with FTX Logistics, I decided to enquire about the possibility of joining.
Ticking all the boxes except for one, having Cat C and not my C+E licence, FTX decided to give me an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. They funded my C+E licence acquisition.
After gratefully accepting the offer to become a HET Operator, I began the training provided by FTX and gained my C+E licence within a short space of time. Further training is being provided and also the opportunity to go on military deployments in future.
FTX logistics is truly a highly professional company that I am very proud to be employed by.
I have to be careful in how I describe being a Reserve, as I don’t want to put people off doing that if being a Sponsored Reserve is not for them.
At the same time, I think I have been able to highlight the benefits of being a Sponsored Reserve. i.e.
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