Reserves Day is a special day set aside during Armed Forces Week to pay tribute to the men and women who give up their spare time to serve and play such an integral part in the UK’s Defence capability.

In 2021, Reserves Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 23, as part of Armed Forces Week that begins on Monday, June 21, and runs through until Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 26.

More than 32,000 reservists commit their spare time, balancing their day jobs and family life with a military career, to be ready to serve should their country need them. Over 2,170 of these reservists are based in Wales. They fill roles in every walk of life, but you might not know.

To ensure that reservists are understood and appreciated, the Ministry of Defence focuses on reserves on their own during Armed Forces Week, and encourages businesses to use this day to highlight the benefits of reserve service to their workforce.

So on Reserves Day, reservists across Wales are encouraged to swap their civilian clothes for their military uniforms at work.  You may not be able to do this in your ‘normal’ place of work, but why not do it from home anyway, and send us a photo?

Employers, please support your reservist employees in taking part in this and share pictures of them on social media using #ReservesDay and tag us:

Twitter                   @RFCAforWales

Facebook               @rfcaWales

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Instagram              @rfca.wales

During Armed Forces Week, RFCA for Wales will be sharing stories of local reserves and other members of the Armed Forces community, including cadets and veterans on our website and our social media channels, so be sure to follow us.

The national event that would normally be held during Armed Forces Week will not be possible this year, but locally, smaller events may be happening – for further details, visit the Armed Forces Day website.

In addition a virtual Reserves Day national event will be hosted by the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday, June 22, to which reservists and their employers are invited.

The event will be hosted by the Minister for the Armed Forces, James Heappey MP, and the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets), Major General Simon Brooks-Ward CVO, OBE, TD, VR.

You can register by following this link: https://www2.rfca.org.uk/l/343221/2021-05-12/22cth22

With online and virtual activity being ramped up, there’s lots of opportunity for everyone to get involved and show their support for the Armed Forces.

During this time, there are many who have stepped forward once again to offer their services in an act of selflessness, to help those that are vulnerable, or less fortunate than themselves, we would love to hear their story!

If you are planning anything as an organisation, please do let us know, as we would also love to be able to celebrate that across our own networks. Please do send details of any of the above to our communications team via wa-comms@rfca.mod.uk

You can also #SaluteOurForces – where you take the opportunity to pay tribute to our Armed Forces by sharing a photograph of yourself or family or colleagues saluting on social media.

We hope that you will help us celebrate our fantastic reserves, cadets and veterans during Armed Forces Week using social media and online platforms.

More information about Reserves Day and its part in Armed Forces Week is here

Help and support for getting involved, including toolkits and resources, is here

For all information about Armed Forces Week visit here

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