The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is mobilising up to 3,000 Reservists to support public services as part of the COVID Support Force.
At the moment, only Reservists with specialist skills that meet specific requests for help from other government departments will be called out. They will be used in a range of roles, such as providing medical and logistical support for the NHS; acting as liaison officers; and deploying specialist skills such as engineering and accounting.
The mobilisation, which includes some of the 2,200 Reserves in Wales, seeks to protect those who are key workers or who are already involved in the response in their civilian roles.
Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey said: “Our Reservists are a truly remarkable group of people; each with their own skills and experience from their civilian careers beyond the armed forces. At times like these, to be able to draw on that pool of talent and expertise is invaluable. I know that our Reservists will answer the nation’s call with real enthusiasm and will play a key part in our response to COVID-19.”
For more information on the mobilisation of Reserve forces during COVID-19 please see the letter from the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets).
For any further questions please refer to the frequently asked questions on mobilisation during Covid-19.