24 / 6 / 2015 9.30am
Reserves Day takes place on 24 June and is an opportunity for employers to recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution that NHS reservists make to the Armed Forces.
Reservists are dedicated men and women who give up their spare time to train and serve in the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, combining this with a civilian life and career.
From leading the fight against the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, to providing medical support to military operations across the world, reservists make an invaluable contribution to the nation which often goes above and beyond the calls of their day job. You can find out the key facts on employing reservists and what other resources are available from NHS Employers here
Minister for Reserves, Julian Brazier, said:
"Reservists are a vital part of our Armed Forces and play a huge role in protecting the nation's security at home and overseas. We are indebted to these men and women who give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces so that should their country need them they are ready to serve; anywhere, anytime. As Winston Churchill said 'The Reservist is twice the citizen'.
"Reserves Day is an opportunity for all to recognise and celebrate the work of the Reserve Forces and the individuals themselves. We are extraordinarily proud of our Reservists, and it's important we tell them that and show them our support on this day."
If you employ a reservist, you could invite them to wear their uniform to work and post your support on Twitter using the hashtag #ReservesDay. The Ministry of Defence have now launched their employers toolkit
featuring editable posters and key messages for Reserves Day. If you have events planned to support this day, please email EmployingReservists@nhsemployers.org as we would like to feature them on our website.
Reserves Day is part of the activity running up to Armed Forces Day being held on Saturday 27 June.