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Soldier profile

Trooper Nicky Di Vita is a qualified driver of the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank.

I first thought about the Army when I joined the Combined Cadet Force at my school. Although I really enjoyed it, I decided to put the Army on the shelf and study dance and theatre at university. I started working in London as a freelance performing artist - not quite what people might think of as a job before joining the Army!

I started thinking about the Army again after a year or two and the experiences and opportunities really appealed. Although training was hard work, I really enjoyed the independence I got and I wanted more of a challenge in my work.

I did my initial training at Army Training Regiment (ATR) Bassingbourne, learning basic soldiering skills for 14 weeks. It was hard work, both mentally and physically!

I was so proud on parade at the end of the course and couldn't wait to join the Royal Armoured Corp Training Regiment, where I would learn my trade as a Challenger 2 driver before heading to Germany to join my new regiment. For 26 weeks, I developed the maintenance and driving skills needed to be a tank driver.

Trooper Nicky Di Vita in action.

"nerve-wracking"

Almost as soon as I had arrived in Germany, I was preparing to go on exercise for two weeks - pretty nerve-wracking for a new driver, but I learnt a lot and really enjoyed it.

In the short time I've been here, I've been to Southern Germany and Canada on large-scale exercises and spent most of October practicing my marksmanship on the ranges.

I've also played football for my Squadron, represented the Regiment at cross-country and signed up to ski in the Alps this Easter!

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