You'll Make Most of All Your Talent with Life in Army; MORE and More Young Men and Women Are Thinking of the Army as a Career. Could It Be a Career for You? Today We Talk to a Northern Ireland Soldier about His Adventures from Kilkeel to Algeria

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You'll Make Most of All Your Talent with Life in Army; MORE and More Young Men and Women Are Thinking of the Army as a Career. Could It Be a Career for You? Today We Talk to a Northern Ireland Soldier about His Adventures from Kilkeel to Algeria


'HI, I'm David from Kilkeel and after working on the fishing trawlers for a short time, I decided to join the Army.

I've now been in the Army for 20 years and I've had a whale of a time. I've enjoyed just about every minute of it as no two days are the same and I'm challenged each and every day.

'One of the hardest but most rewarding jobs for me was being in the close recce group.

I was part of a small team and our role was to push forward of the Challenger II tanks in a Scimitar, a light tank, and identify the main strengths and weaknesses of the enemy. In doing so I would also identify any obstacles.

We were the eyes and ears of the unit and the battlegroup commander. I enjoyed the responsibility of the front line, knowing the knowledge I gleaned could make the difference to the mission and my colleagues' lives.

The Army has also provided me with some amazing experiences. For example, as part of the export support team for the Royal Armoured Corps I visited Finland, Algeria, UAE, Germany and Jordan.

Operationally, I've been to Iraq a few times. I was 18 when I found myself in Kuwait in 1991. It was frightening, crossing the border into Iraq, but I put my trust in my training and those experienced colleagues around me.

A more recent tour was more intense. My role was to observe the enemy as well as providing protection for our own troops in the vicinity of the Basra airport. Rockets were being fired daily, so I was really challenged.

I've achieved a number of qualifications. I'm a gunner instructor, a fleet manager and a first-aid instructor. The Army is very keen on education and I now see young men and women getting the opportunity to gain GCSEs. One of the reasons I joined the Royal Dragoons Guards was they were stationed in Germany and I liked the idea of being in a different country. …

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