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A YROW Profile: Second Lieutenant Robert Falconer, UK

Second Lieutenant Rob Falconer, 27, of the 75 Royal Engineers based in Stoke is a Combat Engineering Troop Commander who has been in the Territorial Army for three years. Last night he attended the TA 100 Reception held at the British Consulate General in Istanbul.

“The event was a great opportunity to celebrate the Territorial Army’s 100th Anniversary with colleagues from the TA, other UK reserve forces and reservists from across NATO who may well have worked with members of the TA in joint operations or on exercise”, he said.

Falconer is the UK’s only Army reservist participating in the Young Reserve Officers’ Workshop (YROW), although he is accompanied in Istanbul on the YROW programme by four Royal Naval Reserves and a member of the Royal Marines Reserve.

Chosen to attend YROW by the UK Reserve Forces Association at a selection weekend in March, he attended the UK delegation study day in London in June, which focused on employer-support policy, delivery and associated issues.

Falconer’s YROW syndicate is working on a briefing note on how employers can encourage re-engagement of reservists for sustained NATO operations.

“We are considering how government can make it more attractive to employ reservists," he said. "In my group, we have a real mix of nationalities including Germans, Danes and Canadians, so we’ve been able to approach the issue from a variety of perspectives.”

Having completed his TA officers’ commissioning course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2007, he will be deployable after completing his troop commanders’ course in September 08. In civilian life he is a safety manager for Corus based in Jarrow, Tyne on Wear.


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