A quantity surveyor from Halifax is backing a new campaign to encourage more people from Yorkshire and the Humber to become reservists in the Royal Navy.
By day, dad-of-two Rob Kendrick works for Marshall (Building Contractors) Ltd in Elland – but in his spare time, he is a Leading Seaman in the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR).
The 35-year-old, who lives in Halifax with his wife, Melanie, and their two children, is now giving his support to a new recruitment initiative aimed at increasing the numbers of reservists across the region.
A Royal Naval Reserve Live recruitment day has been organised by Ceres Division on Saturday, October 5, between 11am and 3pm at Carlton Barracks in Leeds – the home of the RNR in Yorkshire – which is also Rob’s main base for training. People attending the event will have the opportunity to find out more about life in the Navy by meeting serving reservists and taking part in physical and mental challenges. They will also be able to watch demonstrations on weapons handling, fire fighting and chemical defence.
Rob signed up to the RNR 12 years ago. At the time, he was considering a full-time career in the Navy, but he ultimately chose to join the reserves as it allowed him to continue with his successful day job.
Rob is one of more than 2,300 men and women who currently serve as reservists in the Royal Navy alongside their normal day job.
He added: “Although it was hard being away from my family, it was a fantastic experience – it’s what you train for.”