A soldier from Huthwaite is wearing his military uniform at his civilian workplace today (Wednesday) to show how proud he is to be fulfilling his life-long dream of joining the Army Reserve.
Sapper Glenn Brough (48) is taking part in Reserves Day to give his colleagues at New College Nottingham (NCN) the chance to find out more about his part-time career and his experiences so far.
Glenn, who is a lecturer in plumbing at the college’s Basford Hall campus, joined the Nottingham-based 350 Field Squadron (EOD) Royal Engineers in February.
“I thought I would be too old,” he said. “I was going to join the regular, full-time Army in the 1980s, but other personal commitments put my dream in hold.
“I went on to train as a plumber and have a family. But I always regretted not joining the military and my interest never faded, particularly as I often heard stories about military activities from another lecturer, Sapper Scott Elsmore, who was already serving with the reserve forces.
“Scott encouraged me to join, and I have been made to feel really welcome,” added Glenn, who has three children, two of whom are serving with the Army. “It’s ‘keeping me young’! I enjoy the banter, my fitness levels have increased and I’ve taken part in some interesting engineering-based training.
“For Reserves Day, I am proud to be wearing my uniform in to my place of work to raise awareness about the reserve forces.” Anyone between the ages of 18 and 50 can apply to become a reservist soldier.