A charted quantity surveyor has swapped his Bedford desk for the frontline in a NATO exercise.
Taking a break from his day job, British Army reservist Major Andrew Every headed out to the NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) Headquarters, in Latvia, as part of exercise ARRCADE FUSION 15.
Andrew, 57, is working as a press advisor in the Public Affairs Office, where he is drawing on his experience with 100th (Yeomanry) Regiment Royal Artillery to provide insight into battle damage assessment of different weapon systems.
He said: “This type of role puts you totally out of your comfort zone. You are attending high-powered meetings where important decisions are being made.
“My input is to think ‘What will tomorrow’s papers say? How will they report what is being proposed?’ and step in where appropriate, although it may not be what they want to hear!”.
Enlisting as a reserve in 1979, Andrew Commissioned in 1997 and currently holds the rank of Major.
He said: “According to my wife, I should have retired 20 years ago, but I still enjoy it.
“Working with the HQ ARRC you are in a NATO 3-Star environment, shoulder-to-shoulder with foreign nationals where the scale and size of the exercise keeps you constantly busy- when I tell my colleagues back in the UK what I have been up to, they don’t believe me”.