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Lt Laura Bird AGC (ETS)

Interview with Lt Laura Bird AGC (ETS)

Lt Laura BirdWhy did you join the Army?

I love what the Army can offer in terms of career prospects and the opportunity to travel and work abroad, as well as being able to study different languages and experience different cultures. I think that the wide spectrum of experiences the Army can offer is phenomenal and being able to be part of one of the leading military organisations in the world is an amazing experience.

Once commissioned, I was really looking forward to the opportunity to really make a difference to people's lives, not just on a personal level but also on the wider stage through national and international forums. Sport and being outdoors have always been great interests of mine. I never wanted to do a typical nine-to-five desk job, I want to be in a stimulating and challenging environment, and being in the Army enables me to incorporate all of this into my work.

Why did you join the ETS?

Joining the ETS allows me the chance to help, educate and develop service personnel in the Armed Forces. A soldier cannot operate unless he has been taught how to do so and here I am able to impart knowledge, influence troops and provide learning and development opportunities. I have a genuine interest in teaching, and want to continue my personal and professional development in a job that allows me to learn languages and travel.

Highlights of your ETS career so far?

Being selected to go to Nepal to assist with Gurkha Selection. I wrote the Mathematics papers that formed the Numeracy Assessment for Regional Selection.

Using my language skills working as an interpreter to support to 1MERCIAN in France. B Company, 1MERCIAN were deployed to France to conduct a joint exercise with the French Army specialising in urban operations. I deployed as a linguist to provide the interface between the French Directing Staff and the exercising troops. I am going back again to do similar training in January.

What’s next for you?

I would like to achieve my CELTA qualification with a look to be a Cultural Advisor (CULAD) at the Defence Cultural Specialist Unit (DCSU) or apply to do a long language course.

Points of Interest

Sport plays a massive part in my life; swimming and rowing from a very young age. I have represented the county at football and cricket and played for local teams in hockey, netball and athletics. Whilst at Sandhurst, I achieved Colours in swimming, captained to Academy female hockey team and played netball as well as representing the Army at rowing. Since arriving at Unit, I am currently preparing to do the Inter Service Championships in surf kayaking.


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