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An Insider’s Story – The Army

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The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is the ho...

The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is the home of British Army officer training (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Part of our growing Insider Stories, where professionals in all sorts of jobs, share their advice and experience

I joined the British Army after University.

While School & University had been challenging academically, I wanted to be able to prove that I could lead soldiers in the field, regardless of the conditions.  Having left the Army over ten years ago, I reflect on how fortunate I was to be able to spend a year at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Sure, it can be extremely tough, but it has to be one of the finest leadership schools in the world.  Nowhere else are you put through your paces by such excellent instructors and tested physically and mentally to your limits.

Further training at the School of Infantry followed before I joined my platoon in Germany.  Soldiers come from all walks of life: some had degrees like me, others could barely read or write but had more common sense than their newly appointed platoon commander!  An emergency tour of the Balkans followed during which I was able to put my training into practice, on occasions under enemy fire.

The feeling when you look around and realize that your men are following you because you are their leader is quite something. Daily life in the Army is varied and will depend on your posting and the prevailing situation: few days are the same and you are given a huge amount of latitude in developing and leading your soldiers.  A short service commission has been an excellent grounding for adult life, given me self respect, physical fitness, mental toughness and war stories which those who haven’t served might not benefit from.

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Written by getrealvideo

December 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm

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