On Reserves Day today, we celebrate the roles our Reservist servicemen and women play in exercises and operations around the world.
Reservists from all walks of life have been experiencing the challenging environment of the Falkland Islands as members of 4th Battalion the Parachute Regiment (4 PARA) on Operation FIRIC.
It is the first time a unit made up entirely of Reservists has taken part in the three-month Company-level deployment on the Islands.
Second Lieutenant Greg Fennell, 20, is currently studying Civil Engineering with Heriot-Watt University. He said: “We had an excellent opportunity to take on the same role as a Regular Company and the lads were more than able to complete the tasks asked of them.
“I was extremely proud and look forward to seeing more reserve companies taking on the FIRIC role in the future,” where personnel are promised an unforgettable experience.
The FIRIC (Falkland Islands Roulement Infantry Company) is undertaken by different British Army units and is deemed to offer a unique and extremely rewarding experience.
The Islands provide an outstanding training environment, which stands British forces in good stead for operational service anywhere.
Patrol Commander Lance Corporal Karaiskos, who is a builder in civilian life, said: “For me, Op FIRIC was an amazing opportunity to work as a Regular soldier for three months, putting my training to the test and showing what skills a Reservist has to offer”. He tiled a bathroom in the settlement the patrol was using on the exercise, utilising his civilian skills.
4 PARA routinely supports the Regular Army.