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Chorleywood soldier, Kate Dunscombe, selected for launch of new Army Reserve in House of Commons Dining Room
A soldier from Chorleywood was chosen for the national Parliamentary launch of the new Army Reserve in the House of Commons Dining Room last week.
Lance Corporal Kate Dunscombe serves in 65 Works Group, Royal Engineers, the British Army’s experts in infrastructure such as railways, roads, and utility supply.
The Army Reserve is the new name for that part of the British Army which consists of people who give up some of their spare time to serve in the newly fully integrated British Army, Regular and Reserve.
In civilian life Lance Corporal Dunscombe works for Transport for London, in the signals department on the Metropolitan Line. She has been in the army for seven years, and has served in Afghanistan helping to rebuild public services.
She said: "I enjoy the military training, such as shooting and adventure training. I have been paid to go rock climbing, mountain biking and boating.
"Being in the Army Reserve gives me more strings to my bow, it improves my civilian CV, so there is a mutual benefit.
"My TfL skills help the Army, and my Army training helps me in my civilian job."
Army Reservists are fully integrated into the corps, as the British Army becomes one Army, Regular and Reserve.
In addition to the Army pay and tax free annual "bounty" of £1,691 they already receive, soldiers in the Army Reserve will now get paid holidays and public sector pensions, as well as more paid access to sports, adventure training, overseas deployments, and civilian qualifications.
The majority of Army Reservists will average 40 days a year, including training nights at the local Army Reserve Centre, and a two week block of training, such as an overseas exercise or a trade qualification course.
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