It’s a bold statement not heard frequently, but Corporal Kristopher Smith is adamant: “I got my job because I was a reservist.”

Currently serving with the 51st Battalion, Far North Queensland Regiment, in support of Joint Task Group 629.3 operations in western Queensland, Corporal Smith points to the civilian work benefits of Army Reserve service, and the influence it can have.

“I was an electrician but had no experience working on automation or very big trucks. When I moved to Mt Isa and went looking for a new job, my current employer saw I was a reservist, and that was that,” he said.

“I like to think they also liked my attitude.”

As well as Army Reserve service, Corporal Smith volunteers for the State Emergency Service and Rural Fire Service.

“The experiences I get with the Army is fantastic. We have extensive instruction, great adventures and simulations that allow me to be more effective in both my civilian life and for my volunteer work with the State Emergency Service and Rural Fire Service,” he said.

“Many employers prefer reservists and encourage joining; it is a skill and attitude boom for their business and, for me, I love the fact my employer helps me fit Reserve time into my work-life and it also works for my family and me.”