SAC Steven Dodd
Steven always wanted to be in the RAF but enjoyed having a regular day job too so the Reserves was the best way to balance this. He chose 4624 Movements Sqn specifically because of the nature of the movement’s role. No two days are the same and he can do the job for real every time he attends. There are many opportunities to fly in RAF transport aircraft as a Mover and has met some brilliant people along the way.
Steven said, “I have gained confidence in myself which now translates into everything I do. I have also travelled to parts of the world and met some amazing people, which I wouldn’t have otherwise done. Probably one of the best experiences so far is travelling to Kenya for a week’s work and seeing the animals on safari there.
The best part is being part of something bigger with all these fantastic people from all walks of life. From the recruiters who bring you in, to the members of my flight and to our regular counterparts – an amazing mix of people with a massive range of experience.
I have never been unfit, but initially, this was a bit of a stumbling block for me. However, after being deployed to Cyprus for six months, I came back super fit from playing tennis and squash in my down-time and now I have no problem passing the fitness test (just don’t tell the PTIs that!)”
LAC Catherine Woods
Catherine had met serving members of the armed forces and was impressed with their personal qualities, such as leadership, decision-making, and bringing out the best in others. She also wanted to develop those characteristics and by joining the Reserves, it allowed her to do this while also progressing with her civilian career.
As well as being able to work closely with some very impressive aircraft, Catherine found there were many other opportunities available whilst serving in the Reserves.
Catherine said, “I’ve really enjoyed being part of a really diverse group of people from different backgrounds and different places within the UK. As well as my job with 4624 Sqn, I am on the Committee of one of the MOD’s employee networks, working with full-time personnel from all services and ranks, as well as MOD civilians. I really like contributing to making the armed forces a positive and inclusive environment for everyone, so we can all achieve the best for our service.”
LAC Rob Jennings
Rob joined the Reserves after missing an opportunity to join as a Regular when he was younger. He wanted to experience military life and the opportunities that come with it and the RAF was his first choice.
Rob said “In my short time with the RAF Reserves I have experienced some excellent training in both Phase 1 Basic Training and Phase 2 Movements training at RAF Halton and Brize Norton. The training has been to the same high standard for me as a reservist as it would have been for a regular. I have gained new friends who will remain friends for the rest of my RAF career and beyond and I feel like my contribution is valued. It has been a challenge combining family, full time work and being a reservist.
My employer has been supportive throughout, especially during the first 18 months when I needed a significant amount of time off from my role as a Police Officer to complete my training. My family are also supportive and have enjoyed attending passing out parades and visiting the Squadron on Families Day.”