DRIVING FORCE ; the Army Reserve Always Needs Disciplined Workers with Motoring Expertise - Everything from HGVs, to Trucks and Tanks - and These Specialist Skills Can Also Be Also Very Useful in Their Civilian Jobs. We Meet a Trio of Men Who Keep the Armed Forces Movingfi

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DRIVING FORCE ; the Army Reserve Always Needs Disciplined Workers with Motoring Expertise - Everything from HGVs, to Trucks and Tanks - and These Specialist Skills Can Also Be Also Very Useful in Their Civilian Jobs. We Meet a Trio of Men Who Keep the Armed Forces Movingfi


Alan Brooks Brian Reid TWICE THE CITIZEN Ged Ruddock, 44, is a Tank Transporter Driver and instructor for FTX. He has the same job in the Army Reserve's 19 Tank Transporter Squadronfi Ruddock 'I'd spent 12 years in the regular Army in the Irish Guards and spent time in Northern Ireland and Germany. When I decided to leave, there was something I missed from Army life. I missed the camaraderie, the opportunity to exercise and keep fit and travel. It was all I had known.

'So when I saw a job at a company that worked with the MOD transporting tanks and heavy Army vehicles for the Army, I knew it was right for me.

'I started driving tanks and vehicles for FTX Logistics Ltd 10 years ago and love my job. I drive these large vehicles all over the UK and I'm also an instructor for them.

SUPPORTING THE ARMED SERVICES 'Doing this job means that, although I am no longer in the regular army, I am still contributing to the armed forces and am doing a job that supports the what the army does.

'As an instructor, I also do civilian driving instructing so it's not all about heavy tanks!

'The majority of our work sees us working alongside the 19 Tank Transporter Squadron, taking tanks and vehicles all over Britain and also internationally for training.

'It means I'm often away for weeks at a time but that's something I'm used to after my time in the army for 12 years.

'When I'm not transporting tanks, I'm doing instructing for civilian companies that we work with, so I use the knowledge I have from transporting these vehicles and apply that to my civilian work.

'To work in this job you need a technical mind, to be able to drive LGVs and also understand their mechanical systems, you need to be fit and of course be willing to travel.

'I love my work and the fact that, even though I'm not in uniform in my day job, I'm contributing something to the army which I still feel passionate about.'My name is Ged and I'm a Tank Transporter Driver' THE ARMY'S IN MY BLOOD Alan Brooks, 53, is a parts assessor for Mercedes Benz. He is also a Training Warrant Officer in the Army Reserve's Royal Logistics Corps 203 Squadron 158 Transport Regiment...

'From as far back as I can remember I knew I wanted to join the Army. I joined the Ordnance Corps and was stationed in Germany. There, I met my wife and we had two children. Life in the army was good.

'My job was supplying all sorts of technical equipment for vehicles to various units - from something as tiny as a screw to an engine for a tank! It was vehicle and parts based and I enjoyed it. Then in 1991, after 14 years in the Army, I decided to leave.

'We moved back to Britain. But immediately I realised I'd made a mistake. I missed it all - the camaraderie, the mess life, the training and the opportunities. So, just a year after leaving, I joined my local Reserves - it was the Royal Army Ordnance Corps attached to 73 Engineer Regiment Workshop. At last I was back doing what I loved.

GETTING MY WORK/LIFE BALANCE 'In my civilian life, I did various jobs - including working for a dairy. Then I found a job at Mercedes Benz as a parts assessor and jumped at the chance - I was back doing what I loved in both my Army life and my day job.

'In 2005, I transferred to the Royal Engineers and trained recruits within the Army Reserve. …

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