The Reserve Forces
The Reserves have always played an essential role in our Armed Forces and, through their dedication and professionalism, they make a vital contribution to protecting the nation’s security at home and overseas. Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career.
Reservists play a central role alongside Regulars to meet Defence requirements, particularly providing capability in specialist areas such as medical and cyber. Reserve units are increasingly paired with and train alongside Regular units and, when required, may deploy on operations with them. Reservists now have access to the same equipment and technology as Regulars and receive high-quality, challenging training, including more opportunities to train overseas.
Reservists are currently supporting operations worldwide including in Afghanistan, countering the threat of Daesh in Iraq, UN peacekeeping in Cyprus, as well as global counter-terrorism and counter-piracy operations and defence engagement tasks worldwide.
Reserves Day is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the important part that Reservists play in supporting the UK’s defence capability. Reservists have always played - and will continue to play - a key role in our Armed Forces, making a valuable contribution to the nation over and above their day jobs.
Reserves Day will take place on Wednesday 21 June 2017 and celebrates all of those who make up the Reserve Forces. This is an opportunity to recognise the valuable contribution Reservists make to our Armed Forces. Formerly known as ‘Uniform to Work Day’, Reserves Day provides an opportunity for the whole of the UK to celebrate our Reserve Forces and for Reservists to show pride in their service.
Proud of our Reserves
For more information about Armed Forces Reserves visit their Quick Guide.