Reservists wear their uniforms with pride for Uniform to Work Day

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Armed forces reservists across the area have swapped their usual work attire for military rig to raise awareness of their contribution.

Today is Uniform to Work Day for the reserve forces, and members of the army, naval and RAF reserves are putting on their uniforms and going about their day jobs.

By wearing their uniforms to their civilian places of work, they are hoping to raise awareness of the contribution they make.

One of those who took part today was Corporal Will Dawe, 33.

He turned up to work at Coloni Ltd, in Fareham, in his army uniform and surprised colleagues.

Cpl Dawe said: ‘It’s just a way of promoting the reserves and also the military in the community so people can see someone in uniform for the day.

Penny Mordaunt MP, a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserves, with fellow reservist MPs Mark Lancaster, left, and Desmond Swayne

Penny Mordaunt MP, a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserves, with fellow reservist MPs Mark Lancaster, left, and Desmond Swayne

‘In my work place, it’s an opportunity to show my colleagues and my employers what I get up to in my spare time and how much it means to me to be a reservist and dispel any myths among my colleagues.

‘It was a bit of a surprise for my colleagues, but they know I’m a reservist so I’m sure they weren’t too shocked.’

Cpl Dawe serves with 135 Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers.

He completed a six-month tour of Afghanistan, working at a Forward Map Distribution Point in Camp Leatherneck, the base of the United States Marine Corps.

25/6/2014 (SB)''Cpl Will Dawe (33) is a Army Reservist and on Wednesday wore his uniform to work at Coloni Ltd in Fareham, where he is a first line support technician for Wear Your Uniform to Work Day for members of the armed forces.''Pictured is: Cpl Will Dawe.''Picture: Sarah Standing (141936-2716) PPP-140625-154258001

25/6/2014 (SB)''Cpl Will Dawe (33) is a Army Reservist and on Wednesday wore his uniform to work at Coloni Ltd in Fareham, where he is a first line support technician for Wear Your Uniform to Work Day for members of the armed forces.''Pictured is: Cpl Will Dawe.''Picture: Sarah Standing (141936-2716) PPP-140625-154258001

This was the main supply depot for the whole of Helmand and held 300,000 hard copy maps which could be dispatched any time of the day to anywhere in Helmand.

Cpl Dawe joined thousands of other reservists from across the country today to wear his uniform to work.

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt, a Sub Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserves, attended parliament in her uniform with fellow reservist MPs Mark Lancaster and Desmond Swayne, pictured above.

Prime minister David Cameron today praised reservists for their contributions to the country.

He said: ‘Our reserve forces play a vital role building the modern, integrated, well-trained and well-equipped armed forces we need to meet the challenges of the future.

‘Reserves come from all walks of life and joining the forces offers them the chance to face new challenges and bring new skills and experiences back to their workplaces.

‘I am proud that so many reservists are taking part in Uniform to Work Day today; it is right that our reserves are able to wear their uniforms with pride and remind people of the huge contribution they make.

‘I would also like to thank all the employers around the country who rightly make it possible for their staff to be a part of our reserves. I hope that even more people will be inspired today to find out about the fantastic opportunities being a member of the reserves can provide.’