Earlier this year a Chester Reservist participated in a week’s skiing competition in Valdisere, France.
Ryan McAnerney is a soldier serving with C (Cheshire Yeomanry) Squadron, The Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry (RMLY) based at Fox Barracks in Chester.
Ryan joined the Army Reserve a year ago after meeting the recruiting team. After completing his Army recruit training at Pirbright near Aldershot,, Ryan has been concentrating on his Phase 2 Specialist Training, including Bowman Radio Signals and Machine Gun course, and is currently studying for his theory and practical test to gain his Light Goods Vehicle Licence.
“Joining the Army Reserve has opened up so many different opportunities” said Ryan, “I have done things that I would never have had the opportunity to do as a civilian.”
Ryan joined 150 other Army Reserve Officers and Soldiers for a week’s skiing instruction and competition in Valdisere, all from the “Yeomanry”, the UK’s Army Reserve Cavalry and part of the Royal Armoured Corps.
“This was my first skiing exercise with the Army Reserve” said Ryan. “The trip included 4 days of skiing tuition under instruction, improving our skiing techniques. We were also able to explore the Valdisere and Tignes mountain ranges travelling in excess of 30 miles each day on skis.”
As a member of the Army Reserve, Ryan is paid for the time he trains; Army Reserve soldiers also receive annual tax-free training incentives, paid leave and a contribution towards their travel cost from home to place of duty.
“On the final 2 days we were all expected to take part in the Regimental Skiing competition, aimed at all levels of expertise. A Grand Slalom, each competitor had two goes with a combined time to win” Although Ryan did not win any medals in the Slalom his team did win the final day Regimental cross country skiing and orienteering competition around Valdisere and Tignes mountains.
Ryan is employed by Airbus as an apprentice in Aircraft manufacture, he has been with the Hawarden based company for 2.5 years, “Airbus have been very supportive of my Army Reserve career” said Ryan, “I learn many transferable skills with the Army Reserve which has also given me more confidence and helps maintain my fitness”. All Army Reserve soldiers based in Chester receive free sports facility membership to Chester West and Cheshire Council facilities, swimming and use of the gym help maintain soldiers fitness, something they are tested on regularly.