Military Life

Reserves Day 2019 Brings Uniforms to Work

Reservists have been encouraged to wear their service uniforms to work to celebrate the day.

Army, Navy and RAF reservists have been asked to ditch their civilian clothes on Reserves Day 2019.

To celebrate their service and contribution to the Armed Forces, reservists across the UK have been encouraged to wear their military uniform to work.

The aim is to highlight and recognise the valuable contribution reservists make to the British Armed Forces all year round.

What is Reserves Day?

Formerly known as ‘Uniform to Work Day’, Reserves Day 2019 is being celebrated on Wednesday 26 June.

The contribution made by reservists to the UK Armed Forces often goes unrecognised, so the day was created to highlight the valuable contributions they make to national protection.

Close colleagues may be aware they are working alongside someone who gives up their spare time to serve their country as a soldier, sailor, or airman, but plenty others in the work-pace will have no idea until they are suddenly aware of someone in camouflage kit or a smart tunic.

Reserves Day is also a chance to raise the profile of the reserve services.

What is a Reservist?

The Reserve Forces make up approximately one-sixth of the British Armed Forces personnel.

They are important to protecting the nation’s security at home and overseas, particularly providing capability in specialist areas such as medical and cyber.

They serve across the Royal Navy, RAF and Army, balancing their civilian life with a military career.

Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career to ensure that should their country require them, they would be ready to serve as part of the military.

While in the past the reserve forces were just that - held in reserve and expected to face action only if Britain was directly threatened - they recently have been able to take their place alongside regular colleagues, completing months-long deployments in some of the world's trouble spots.

Watch: do you have what it takes to be a reservist? Forces News has been following reserves' recruits during an intensive training camp in Scotland