Portsmouth Hub Reserves – Part 1


WO2 Darren Freeman, 44, is the Recruiting Warrant Officer for D Detachment, 243 Field Hospital, based in Tudor Crescent in Cosham, Portsmouth.   An Ex-Regular solider he has been part of the Army Reserve for just over a year.  243 Field Hospital are actively recruiting clinical healthcare professionals who would like to learn new skills to take back to their workplace, becoming spare-time medics in the Army Reserve.  If you are a junior doctor, doctor, consultant, nurse, paramedic, radiographer, physiotherapist, dentist, pharmacist or biomedical scientist, and you’d like to find out more, then go along to one of their training nights on a Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.  In addition to clinical and military training, both in the UK and oversease, there are opportunities to take part in adventure training activities such as skiing, sailing, and diving.


Lance Corporal Kyle Morrison, 23, serves with 679 Squadron, 6 Regiment Army Air Corps, based in Peronne Close in Cosham, Portsmouth.  Kyle has been a reservist for five years and after completing his course in Outdoor Education at Southlands College, he became a full time reservist, and part of the recruiting team, taking recruits through the whole joining process.   He said “The primary role of the Army Air Corps is to provide ground crew for the Apache Helicopter with responsibilities for the download and upload of ammunition, refuelling and communications of these £36m pieces of equipment.  New recruits are able to earn useful qualifications that can be beneficial on civvy street like teaching skills, BTECS, and driving licenses for Forklift, HGV, LGV and Hazardous Goods Vehicles.”  In addition to the military and trade skills there are plenty of opportunities for members of the Army Air Corps to take part in adventurous training activities such as windsurfing, skiing and sailing.  If you’re interested, then go along to Peronne Close on a Tuesday night from 7.30pm-9.30pm.


Daniel Wilkie, 33, is an IT Engineer, living in Gosport.  Daniel comes from a family with a strong forces background and is now keen to join the Army Reserve himself.  He said “I like the look of 128 Field Company REME as they offer a good blend of trade skills and military skills.  Ultimately, I’d like to become a recovery mechanic”.  Daniel has passed selection and starts his Phase 1 Alpha Course in June.


Simon Temple, 27 is currently unemployed and has recently completed the Armed Forces Employment Pathway, a six week course run in conjunction with the Job Centre Plus.  He said “I always wanted to be in the Army.  Doing the course has made me realise that I can learn new skills and get my driving licenses through the Army Reserve.”



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