'There’s something addictive about Army life': Soldier joins reservists a week after leaving forces (From Bournemouth Echo)
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'There’s something addictive about Army life': Soldier joins reservists a week after leaving forces
AFTER five years in the Grenadier Guards taking in everything from Afghanistan to Trooping the Colour and guard duty at Buckingham Palace, you could excuse Steve Rose of wanting to enjoy Civvy Street.
But the 24-year-old from Bournemouth is already back in uniform, having become a reservist a week after leaving the regular army.
It meant turning back the clock and linking up again with the unit where he once spent 18 months as a fledgling recruit – C Company, 6 RIFLES, which operates from TA Centres at Poole and Dorchester.
Steve said: “It wasn’t really what I had in mind when I decided to leave the Grenadiers, but there’s something addictive about Army life and I knew I would miss it.
“Once I can find a new job, the TA will give me the best of both worlds. I’ve particularly enjoyed linking up again with a lot of the guys I knew when I first joined the TA in 2007.”
As one experienced regular soldier comes back into the fold, 21-year-old Connor Minshall, of Weymouth, is heading in the opposite direction and starting a career in the Regulars with the Parachute Regiment.
Like Steve, the former pupil at the Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, joined C Company with the idea of experiencing Army life before deciding whether to commit to a full-time service career.
He said: “It’s been hard work at times, but I have got so much out of it, including deployment to Afghanistan with 1 RIFLES and the chance to work alongside the Marines at the Olympic yachting events.”
The Territorial Army is to be renamed the Army Reserve under plans announced in July by the Secretary of State for Defence.
With £1.8bn investment in better training and better equipment, it is planned to expand to 30,000 trained reservists by 2018.
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