Reserves Day - 27 June 2018
Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career to ensure that should their country require them, they would be ready to serve as part of the military.
The Reserve Forces make up approximately one sixth of our Armed Forces personnel and as such are integral to protecting the nation’s security at home and overseas, particularly providing capability in specialist areas such as medical and cyber. Reservists are currently supporting operations worldwide including in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bahrain, Estonia, South Sudan, Cyprus and Somalia.
However, the contribution they make to our Armed Forces often goes unrecognised. As such an annual Reserves Day was created to highlight and recognise the valuable contribution Reservists make to our Armed Forces. In 2018, Reserves Day is being celebrated on Wednesday 27 June.
Celebrating Reserves Day
Reservists are everywhere, but you might not know it. So on Reserves Day, our Reservists wear their uniform in their civilian life - keep an eye out for them this year!
DCHS was the first in the county to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant in support of employing reservist personnel within the NHS. The trust is also the first to introduce three weeks’ paid leave for reservists to carry out their armed forces duties, as part of showing its commitment to employing reservists and encouraging health service staff to consider it as an option. Find out more here.