Portsmouth Hub Reserves – Part 2


WO1 Sammy Payne, 51, has been a reservist with 165 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC for fifteen years and is now a full time member of the Recruiting Team, based in Blighmont, Southampton.  He said “Army Reservists with the Port and Maritime experts specialise in getting stores and equipment ashore, where and when it is needed, anywhere in the world.  We are actively seeking port operators including forklift and crane operatives, mariners who can become trained boat handlers and marine engineers.  Many of the skills come with useful civilian accredited qualifications so can be used in the work place too.  If you’re interested to find out more, then come along on a Wednesday night to Blighmont Army Reserve Centre from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. See you there”.


Craftsman Nicholas Gray, and Lance Corporal James Gregg are both full time members of the 128 Field Company Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) recruiting team.  The REME offer opportunities for Army Reservists to learn trade skills to become vehicle mechanics, recovery mechanics, armourers and metal smiths.  If you’re interested in finding out more then go along to the Army Reserve Centre in Peronne Road on a Tuesday evening from 7.30pm-9.30pm.


Jonathan McGrath, 27, is a new recruit who is interested in joining 128 Field Company REME, based in Portsmouth.  Jonathan, who lives in Bournemouth, has always been interested in the Army but has a young family and sees the Army Reserve as the best option for him, giving him the best of both worlds – an army career and a civilian career.  He said “I am interested in mechanics and engineering,  which are skills I use in my day job at a Leisure Centre, so I think the REME is the unit for me.”


William Kidd, 23, has recently completed the Armed Forces Employment Pathway, a six week course offering those who are currently unemployed an insight into a career in the services.  He said “Attending the course has really inspired me to pursue a career opportunity with the Army Reserve.  I’ve had a look at the various units in my local Portsmouth area and I think the REME suits me; they’ve been very supportive and encouraging.  I would like to train to become a vehicle mechanic as it builds on engineering qualifications that I already have”.  William, who is at the very start of his recruiting journey, has already focused on improving his fitness and added “I am looking forward to making friends and becoming part of the ‘family’.”



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