Paisley’s MSP George Adam attended a Parliamentary Reception, hosted by Keith Brown MSP, on Wednesday 9th October 2013 which highlighted the role of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Associations in Scotland in supporting the Reservists and Cadets as well as the wider Scottish community.
Following the opening address by Keith Brown MSP, Colonel Angus Taverner, Chairman of Highland RFCA spoke about the unique role that the RFCAs play in supporting the Reserve Forces and the Cadets across Scotland, and their overarching role of engaging with the communities from who these citizen volunteers and young people are drawn.
Colonel Taverner welcomed the RFCAs’ challenge of supporting the renewed emphasis being placed on reliance of the Reserve Forces to form an integral and vital part of the UK’s Armed Forces in the future. The RFCAs’ role in supporting both Reservists and their employers is a key element in delivering this force.
Whilst the amount of time that Reservists commit will marginally increase, the expectation is that they will be better trained and more closely integrated with the Regular Force, with increased opportunities to train and serve on operations both at home and abroad.
Colonel Taverner also raised the profile of the Service Cadets that the RFCAs actively promote and support – these are youth movement whose members enjoy an experience that is both challenging and fun, but importantly develops their self-confidence, leadership, respect for others and imbues a sense of responsibility and citizenship amongst young people aged 13-18.
George had the opportunity to meet both Reservists and members of the Cadet Forces from Paisley and talk about their role in the community as well as current issues and challenges.
Keith Brown MSP said “It has been my great pleasure to welcome representatives of both Highland and Lowland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Associations to Parliament today and to raise awareness of the work of the two RFCAs across the constituencies in Scotland to support the Reserve Forces and Cadets.
We all acknowledge the contribution made by the Reserves towards the defence of the UK – not least in the recent conflicts of Afghanistan and Iraq. In terms of the Cadets, all of us have the opportunity to witness the valuable contribution to Scottish society by the voluntary Service Cadet organisations that thrive in communities large and small across Scotland.”
George said “I was delighted to have the opportunity to find out more about the role of the RFCAs in Scotland in support of the Reserves and Cadets and to meet representatives across all three Services.”