Lead by Major General John Moore-Bick the Military Interest Group of the Lieutenancy comprises those Deputy Lieutenants who have a professional, honorary, or personal interest in the connection of the Lieutenancy to the Armed Services, the Service charities and the uniformed youth and leisure organisations.
The Group maintains a watching brief on the activities of these in the County and is tuned to their national organisations, as well as to government policy which may influence their well being. Members remain ready to act as the Lord Lieutenant’s representative at ceremonial and routine events, in uniform, formal or informal dress, as required.
Examples of such events are freedom and homecoming parades and ceremonies, Armed Forces Day parades, Remembrance commemorations and local medal or efficiency certificate presentations.
Several members of the group are involved in other youth organisations and youth events in general, providing a more coherent view of young people in the County.
With their links in the County and at national level, the group stands by to advise the Lord Lieutenant in his role on the national stage through the Lord Lieutenants’ Association and the Cabinet Office.
All Deputy Lieutenants are welcome and invited to join the group, which is largely linked together by electronic means and keeps in close contact with the South East Reserve Forces and Cadets Association and the regional commanders and representatives of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.