Army Reservist Cheryl Martin has recently been promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal after developing her leadership skills by attending a Potential Junior Non Commissioned Officer course.
Cheryl who in her civilian life manages a small farm, said: “The Army Reserves has provided the opportunity for me to learn new skills, which come in very useful in civilian life. I chose 151 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps as it provided the opportunity to obtain LGV driving licence qualifications and the driver skills it had to offer. Overall being a member of the Army Reserve has inspired me to achieve things I never thought possible.”
Cheryl learnt how to be an Army Driver, first obtaining her LGV Category C licence with a local driver training school, then at the the Defence School of Transport based at Normandy Barracks in East Yorkshire. Cheryl continued to develop her driving skills by obtaining a C+E LGV licence category and completing her Class 2 army driver trade qualification.
Cheryl added: “The opportunities are endless, I have attended adventure training, taking me outside of my comfort zone, and have been on some challenging field exercises. Most recently having the opportunity to step forward assisting with a national emergency.”
Lance Corporals are required to supervise a small team of up to four soldiers called a section. The rank opens up further opportunities to develop leadership and undertake specialist training such as instructional techniques.
Cheryl is currently serving with 124 Transport Squadron, 151 Regiment RLC at Warley Army Reserve Centre Essex and is looking forward to the next challenge. The Regiment is paired with and work alongside their Regular counterpart, 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment RLC.