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Celebrating Reserves Day – meet Rum, vehicle team coordinator

We caught up with Rum, vehicle team coordinator at our site in Merthyr, South Wales.

Rum joined General Dynamics UK in February 2017. He is also employed by the Army Reserves as a vehicle mechanic, part of 101TS Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). Prior to joining General Dynamics UK, up until 2009 Rum was a member of the Infantry Battalion for the 1st Royal Gurkha Rifles as a signaller using Bowman equipment.  In 2010, Rum transferred to the REME and retrained as a vehicle mechanic.

Currently, Rum is working on the AJAX programme, as part of the assembly, integration and test (AIT) team. As a vehicle cell lead, his day-to-day role involves looking after the team to ensure they are on track with their tasks, as well as maintaining all rules and safety regulations whilst providing feedback on progress of the build.

“My role at General Dynamics UK relates to my role as a Reservist – they both involve military vehicles, helping me to understand the terminology used. Additionally, the self-discipline and work ethic encouraged by the Army has also been beneficial within the workplace.”

In the Reserves, Rum works on all vehicles that are maintained at the unit involving servicing and repairs as required. As a reservist, Rum encounters a wide variety of work experience, making new friends and meeting colleagues in different environments.

“Being part of the Reserves encourages me to maintain a level of fitness and motivation I wouldn’t find elsewhere.  Over the next few years I’m hoping to take on more responsibilities as a Corporal in the Reserves, and continue to broaden my experience and abilities. General Dynamics UK supports me with my Reserves commitment by allowing extra time away from work for training”.