Ross Baker was Commissioned into the army in 2002, after which time he was deployed to Northern Ireland, Iraq, Cyprus, Beirut, and Afghanistan. His roles have been varied from providing humanitarian assistance to Haiti and Sierra Leone, through to, mentoring and training members of the Afghanistan National Army within Afghanistan. After 16 years of service in the British Army, Ross is now in the process of transitioning into a civilian career.
A keen rugby player who after attending the Transition Through Rugby (TTR) Course has taken up coaching with his local team, and plans to achieve his Level 3 in the coming seasons. He regularly supports the charity in both supporting subsequent TTR Courses and also representing the charity on the rugby pitch in a number of charity events. He has assisted and continues to assist in running events in support of the charity.
“The charity brings together the rugby and military families, enabling you to gain support and confidence from those around you, who have either been through the transition to civilian careers or who are in the process. It also gives you access to a support network which is unique to the military and rugby fraternity, in both personal support (The banter is ruthless!), or in networking to find employment. The charity has provided me with a mentor who has assisted with CV writing and is on hand to advise when I begin interviewing.
The charity has given me the opportunity to learn and play with international rugby players, which has developed my coaching, whilst giving me the confidence to coach to a good adult level. It has also given me the opportunity to run events which have given ex-rugby players an insight into the world of the military and exposed me to the challenges of event and project management outside of the military.
I have found the charity to be hugely rewarding both in transitioning to civilian employment, but also in a personal development and the opportunities it has given me. As an event organiser I hope to now ensure that other service leavers get the same opportunities that I have been given…. Oh and get a run out now and then!!” – Ross Baker