Why did you become involved?
I have always been a naturally energetic and adventurous person and I like a challenge. At the age of 49, single, and with my kids grown up, I was looking for something new, different and really challenging, something worthwhile that would get me out and about in my spare time, without spending a lot of money! I got chatting to the personnel on the recruitment stand at RIAT in 2014 and I could see immediately that an RAF Reservist role could tick all the boxes for me. Encouraged by my older brother (ex-Royal Navy) I signed up!
What have you gained / experienced?
I have gained a completely new skill set, made many new friends and travelled across the world to loads of interesting places – basically, all the goals I set out to achieve when I signed up!
What has been the best part of being involved?
Meeting new people, travelling all over the world and making lifelong friends, but absolutely also the immense respect that my role a s a Reservist Mover has generated amongst my family, friends and work colleagues, a number of whom have been inspired to get out and do more themselves! I am extremely pleased that one of my sons has since joined the RAF!
There have also been numerous opportunities for adventure training. Most recently I participated in Ex Vixen Eagle, which involved cross country skiing, an exhausting but thoroughly enjoyable experience!
What has been the biggest challenge / something you had to overcome?
Learning the role, gaining enough knowledge and confidence to work comfortably in a different, high pressure environment, the time commitment necessary and maintaining a good work/life balance… it’s all a continuous challenge, but that’s why I love it!