An army officer from the Rhondda has praised the lessons he’s learned as a reservist and the impact it has had on his teaching career.
Jordon Nathaniel Owen has been a member of 157 (Welsh) Regiment Royal Logistic Corps for three years and is celebrating Reserves Day, a nationwide celebration of their contribution to the Armed Forces.
Reservists commit a minimum of 27 days a year to their units and Jordon schedules his duties with 580 Squadron around his daily commute to Bristol where he’s a modern foreign languages teacher at Abbeywood Community School.
He said: “I’m incredibly proud of being a reservist and the uniform I am privileged to wear. It’s humbling that the skills I’m developing will be needed to support the British Army and help others within the UK and overseas.
“Completing my commissioning courses at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst meant I developed my leadership skills very quickly. When I’m in school, I can take on problems with much more confidence.
“I’m able to see solutions much quicker and I’m able to plan better, sometimes six months ahead. That’s because of the army, who have given me this strategic mind set.”
The 29-year-old has amassed a wealth of service experience, including; marching at Pride events in numerous cities, twice completing the Cardiff Half Marathon in full kit to raise money for charity and attending a Young Reserve Officer Workshop in Prague.
This summer, Jordon will lead a party to a NATO conference in Canada and he wants people from all walks of life to consider taking the life changing experiences available as a reservist.
He said: “I’d encourage anyone to become a join because no matter what job you have, you will be able to fit in. We will put the relevant training in to place to help everyone meet their targets.
“I found it incredibly beneficial and it’s a big part of my life, even though it’s my secondary career. You might think that you can’t commit enough time but whatever you can commit is useful. Your chain of command will understand and help.”
Jordon, who became a reservist after it was recommended by a friend, has used military-taught leadership skills when commanding 40 soldiers and also in the classroom with 30 children.
Passionate about inspiring others to invest their time in themselves, Jordon is s a walking example of practising what you preach. He’s in the process of learning Russian, his fifth language, adding it to the knowledge he’s gained with the Army Reserve about management strategies and decision making.
He said: “Being a committed reservist is a challenge, however, you will experience a fierce sense of pride when you devote time to a bigger cause.
“Every experience with the Army Reserve will make you a better person and you will learn more about your strength and weaknesses.”
Reservists are vital and valued members of the Defence family, making up approximately one sixth of the Armed Forces. They receive pay and expenses for evening and weekend training, and equal pay to their regular ranks on deployment. There is also a package of support available to their employers to ensure that they aren’t disadvantages when reservists are mobilised.
This week, a series of nationwide events will culminate with the national Armed Forces Day at Llandudno on Saturday 30 June. Use #SaluteOurForces to join in the online activities.