MPs in Parliament were met by a Sheffield soldier at the launch of the rebranded Army Reserve.
Captain Mark Sleeman, a financial advisor from Meersbrook and member of 299 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers, was among reservists at the event, answering politicians’ questions.
Capt Sleeman, a reservist for 13 years who has served in Afghanistan, Germany and Holland, said: “My Army role requires me to be a parachutist and an engineer. I get the opportunity to do so many exciting things including becoming a ski instructor and mountain leader.”
The Army Reserve is ramping up its publicity as it seeks to increase numbers to 30,000 by 2018.
Recruitment has been slow, with 376 joining nationally from April to June, against a target of 1,432.
Commanders say benefits of joining the former TA include a tax free annual bonus, paid holidays and public sector pensions.