“In the first two weeks of May, I took part in the 2014 Cyprus Cycling Challenge to raise money for Combat stress. Including the acclimatisation rides, we cycled 450 miles including the ascent of the Hors Category climb Troodos, which meant for a 9000ft day with very little flat or downhill.
As a university student studying at Wolverhampton, I never imagined I would be able to do anything like this, however joining the Army Reserves has opened up so many of these opportunities and I am already looking forward to next years event. It is the second time in three years I have visited Cyprus after previously going for a low level tactics camp which is just an example of the opportunities that the Army Reserve has given me.
It fits perfectly around my student life and it has meant that instead of spending my weekends in Sainsburys or Asda, I have spent them on live fire ranges, field exercise or adventure training. Along with this, I have found that I have been paid better than my student counterparts for a job I enjoy far more. Walking into the Careers Office is easily the best decision I have made and am looking forward to carrying on my role with 4 Mercian now that my studies have finished.”