A DVSA employee and military reservist is celebrating this year’s Reserves Day from the Gulf.
Dean Thomas, from Swansea, is a member of the Royal Naval Reserve and will be spending Reserves Day deployed with the UK Maritime Component Command (UKMCC) headquarters in Bahrain.
Dean, who joined as a Driving Examiner at the DVSA in 2003, said: “I had always wanted to join the Royal Navy, and I liked the idea of doing something different to my full time job. Joining the Royal Naval Reserve just seemed like a perfect fit.”
Reservists are members of the UK Armed Forces, and can be mobilised to serve on operations around the world. Reserves Day, formerly known as ‘Wear Your Uniform to Work Day’, is being celebrated by a number of reservists from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.
“Being in the reserves has helped me develop my leadership and management skills, which has also earned me civilian qualifications. I’ve learned how to coach and mentor people which has really helped when coaching new driving examiners in my civilian job.
“Likewise, my civilian job as a driving examiner has helped my career in the reserves when it comes to instructing new recruits.”
With years of experience under his belt, Dean has travelled all over the world with his reserve career, including the Caribbean, U.S., Denmark, Dubai and now Bahrain.
When asked for his advice for someone wanting to join the reserves, he said: “Join! Give it a try- people are often interested but scared to commit. Come in and have a look and see what we do. You might find yourself with an exciting secondary career out of it!”
On completion of his deployment, Dean will return to the DVSA and will continue serving in his spare time at both Tawe Division, a satellite Royal Naval Reserve Unit in Swansea, and HMS CAMBRIA in Cardiff.