In celebration of Reserves Day today, we’re introducing you to some of our reservists.

There are 2,170 reserves across Wales who come from diverse backgrounds but have one thing in common – they give up their spare time to train and serve alongside regular personnel in the Armed Forces.

Meet Signaller Tim Cook, aged 27, from Cardiff who joined 39 Signal Regiment in May 2019, when looking to add something extra to his life to complement his day job in data analysis for Admiral Insurance.

He is now a Communication Systems Operator, responsible for deploying and operating tactical information systems (primarily digital radios) and has deployed on many UK-based training exercises where he has put his skills into practice.

Tim said, “Admiral has signed the Armed Forces Covenant and have always been incredibly supportive of my activities with the reserves.”

While Chief Petty Officer Simon Bick (pictured below) joined the reserves after finishing his full time service in the Royal Navy and has been based at HMS Cambria since 2012.

With a day job working as an engineer for Open Reach, Simon was mobilised on Operation Rescript last September to Joint Military Command West Midlands, where his primary role was to support and deliver Communications Information Systems (CIS).

He said, “This Op has been one of the most rewarding I’ve had the pleasure to work on. I felt like I was contributing in some small way to the national effort against Covid-19.”

This month Simon will have completed a total of 35 years Naval Service. His efforts were rewarded with the Voluntary Reserve Service Medal in 2020.

Throughout the United Kingdom, reservists play a vital role as part of the Defence family and make up approximately one sixth of the country’s Armed Forces personnel.

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