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Reservists Test Their Skills On Exercise Wessex Storm

More than 60 reservist personnel have been putting their skills to the test in Exercise Wessex Storm on Salisbury Plain.

More than 60 reservist personnel have been putting their skills to the test in Exercise Wessex Storm on Salisbury Plain. 

The exercise has been taking place over two weeks, giving reservists from the Queen's Own Yeomanry the chance to reunite and brush up on their skills. 

Major Anthony Tate said: "It means we can develop the skills from each year and as people progress with their skills, they can add to them.

"As they get more senior in rank and more senior experience they can train the younger generation to come through."

Exercise Wessex Storm takes place on Salisbury Plain.

On Thursday, local employees watched the exercise to get a better understanding of the reservist role and how they could be beneficial as employees. 

Andy Cole from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service was just one employee watching, he said: "Army reservists and ex-regular army personnel are all disciplined which is a quality that we look for within the Fire and Rescue Service.

"They've all got basic functional skills which is again, a quality we look for."

 

Exercise Wessex Storm

Fiona Taylor, Business Partner at Thames Valley Police, praised the soldiers' "transferable" skills. 

"Well they're very transferable aren't they for policing? The physicality side of it, the team building side, the technical skills - some of us those are very transferable as well.

"And that confidence, that confidence we spend a lot of time training in to our officers and staff, they're going to get that in bucket loads here."

The exercise takes place every year and aims to continue to recruiting more reservists as the interest from employers grows.

Speaking to Forces News, Trooper Andrew Goodman said : "It (being a reservist) can boost your confidence quite a lot. 

"Obviously because you get put into a situation where you  have to  take charge of the situation and work through problem solving.

"It's very challenging as well, so if you can do this you can probably do anything." 

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