Reserves Day 2020
Did you know reservists make up approximately one sixth of our Armed Forces?
Reservists give up their spare time and balance their civilian life and military career.
Dudley Evans is a full time employee here at Telford & Wrekin Council and also an Army Reservist where he serves with 4th Battalion, The Mercian Regiment based in Wolverhampton.
Ahead of Armed Forces Day this Saturday Dudley talks about how he balances both roles and what he would say to someone considering the reserves.
As a civilian Dudley works full time as a careers advisor for Telford & Wrekin Council. After serving for 12 years in the Parachute Regiment, Dudley choose to sign up as a reservist combining his passion for the military and his family life 26 years ago and has never looked back.
“I decided to join the reserves when I left the Parachute Regiment after 12 years regular service. For me it was about being able to continue using skills I’d learnt during my time in the military but this isn’t the case for everyone.
“Not everyone I work alongside have military backgrounds, their day jobs range from bus driver, teachers, a university professor, police officer and prison officer so a whole range of different people who are great to work with.
“I am in the reserves band where I play the flute and piccolo. I have performed at high profile events including changing the guard at Buckingham Palace, 2012 Olympics, Tower of London and various other prestigious events throughout the country. This is where life as a reservist is definitely more of a hobby than a job – I get to do what I love with people who all have the same interests.
“I am also a trained Army Medic so this is where my role as a careers advisor and a reservist actually complement each other as I am a registered First Aid Trainer training staff at Telford & Wrekin Council and also those looking for employment.
“One of the best things about life as a reservists is the continuous meeting of new people, working in different environments and travelling the world. The time I commit is my choice and is actually really flexible. I decide which days I work so I can fit it around my full time career and most importantly my family.
“What would I say to someone looking to join the reserves? Just do it. Choose an area you are interested in whether it’s driving, physical training, mechanic etc. The new skills you will learn are vast and rewarding. The military gives you confidence and something to aspire to. Anything is possible.”