Like all others in this current environment, A (London Scottish) Company has experienced a huge change as a result of the unprecedented crisis. However, the resilience and adaptability of our soldiers has seen continued Tuesday and Wednesday evening training taking place as usual, through remote channels, with great success.
A (London Scottish) Company is at a strength I have not seen in my 10 years or so of involvement with the serving Company, with approximately 50 soldiers and officers across 1 Platoon, 3 (Mortar) Platoon, and Company Headquarters regularly training and preparing in anticipation of whatever will be required of us. The recruiting efforts over the past 24 months are bearing fruit and the current times we find ourselves in provide many opportunities to Army Reservists looking at developing, training and supporting, in our ‘spare time’.
We are also continuing with our all important ‘engage to recruit’ plan, speaking to all those out there who are interested or who have recently become interested in the Army Reserve as a potential way to develop new skills, train in a range of environments and deploy on operations. If you are aware of anyone within your network for whom the Army Reserve would be something that appeals, please feel free to put them in touch with me or A Company’s recruiting officer, Sgt Ferguson – firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you might have heard, a significant number of A (London Scottish) Company are presently being held on readiness to assist with the Government’s response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, wherever required and I will endeavour to provide further details as and when appropriate. I would also like to highlight that across A (London Scottish) Company and indeed across the wider London Regiment, we have a number of Reservists who are healthcare professionals and other frontline workers who are all supporting in this unprecedented fight against the global pandemic, to whom I thank for their continued efforts and resilience at this time.
Being a military affiliate of the Worshipful Company of Distillers is something we at A (London Scottish) Company hold in very high regard and the support you provide us is very much appreciated. I hope to be in a position to provide a more comprehensive update when I am able to.
Major Jamie Barklem