‘Now more than ever, the Territorial Army deserves the support of the public’
‘…the Army could not have achieved what it has in Afghanistan and elsewhere without the support of the ordinary citizens who populate our Reserve Forces…It has left the ‘weekend warrior’ image far behind and come of age,’ says Lt Col John Boyd, Commanding Officer of 4th Bn The Parachute Regiment (4 PARA) writing in The Telegraph yesterday.
‘After six months of hard fighting on Helmand’s front line, scores of men from my unit, the 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army, returned home this month. But there is one who will not be among their number: while acting as the lead scout for a patrol in the province, Private Conrad Lewis was shot and killed by a sharpshooter, alongside a colleague, Pte Lewis Hendry. He was only 22.
Pte Lewis was a volunteer soldier. He had stepped forward to offer his services for this dangerous role. His sacrifice is perhaps magnified by the fact that he had no need to do so.
Over the past few years, the public’s recognition of, and support for, those serving in the regular Army has grown significantly, and rightly so. Yet similar recognition and support for those serving in our Reserve Forces has failed to materialise. It is long past time that people woke up and realised the extent of what TA soldiers are doing on operations.
For starters, the Army could not have achieved what it has in Afghanistan and elsewhere without the support of the ordinary citizens who populate our Reserve Forces. The TA has also become intrinsically linked with our homeland defence capability, and provides an important bridge between the Armed Forces and wider society through its community engagement work.
To read the rest of the article by Lt Col Boyd on The Telegraph website, click HERE or on the image above.