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LIFE IN THE TA

Territorial Army (TA) soldier Private Marie Hatfield doesn’t think the TA gets the recognition it deserves in terms of what you can learn and the experiences you can have. “I’ve been in the TA for two years. Some people think of the TA as just being Infantry and don’t realise you can do nursing and all sorts of other jobs – in your spare time.”

GET OUT WHAT YOU PUT IN

Marie believes you get out of the TA what you put in: “You don’t have to take part in everything. You do what you can fit in with your life. But the more you put in, the more you get out.” A lot of Marie’s training is ‘green’ training, meaning ranges, shooting and exercises. The other side is her nursing. “NHS training is great, but in the TA you see things from a different perspective and that helps in your day job.”
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EXTRA MONEY COMES IN HANDY

Who couldn’t do with extra money? In the TA the amount increases as you go up the ranks: “ I’ve just qualified as an NHS nurse, so I’ll automatically get promoted to Lance Corporal. Being in the TA meant I had some pocket money during my studies but from now on, going up a rank, you start to make more money from the TA. You also get a tax-free lump sum, or bounty, every year. These little perks all come in handy.”
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ALL ONE BIG FAMILY

There’s a social side to the TA, which a lot of members like Marie have thrived on: “I’ve met some lovely people, all like-minded who work hard and play hard. You feel like a family because everyone looks out for everyone else. My proudest moment was our Passing Out parade in front of my family. Three of us from my unit did that together – training had been hard and a few people dropped out, so it was a nice feeling.”
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THE JOB FOR YOU

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ARMY LIFE

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THE TERRITORIALS

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Did you know that you can serve in your spare time? There are all sorts of perks to joining the Territorial Army.

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