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Lt Paul Bastow

Paul began working for Barclays straight from University then joined 101 Regt. His motivation for signing up was he could lead others and take advantage of the countless opportunities the Army has to offer.

He has been parachuting, scuba diving and skiing, gaining qualifications in each. He has also managed to find time to get married and start a family.

Become an Officer

Having decided that he’d like to become an officer, it quickly became apparent that obtaining a commission was going to be a significant challenge, both in terms of the physical requirements and also balancing the amount of work involved with a demanding civilian job, as well as retaining a personal life.

Officer Training

Paul spent 12 months going through officer training, which at that time was delivered in a series of weekends, a 10-day battle camp and finally a 3 week commissioning course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. The officer training process not only results in obtaining a commission, but also a level 3 qualification from the Institute in Leadership and Management (ILM). Paul said:

"It was, not surprisingly, a difficult year, and I had to instantly become an expert in time management, but I found implementing the skills I was being taught by the military into my civilian life enabled me to cope with the workload. The Regiment were supportive throughout, both assisting me with anything I may have needed and also talking to my employers to let them know what the training involved and how the skills I was being taught would be of benefit to them."

Since commissioning Paul has been employed as a Troop Commander and Command Post Officer. This involves being responsible for welfare and career management of approximately 25 soldiers, both when in camp and also on field training. He has supported and organised numerous training exercises, captained the regimental shooting team, organised adventurous training, supported charity events and is currently planning a battlefield tour to The Somme. Through the military he has been parachuting, scuba diving and skiing, gaining qualifications in each. He has also managed to find time to get married and start a family.

"For the most part, my civilian and military careers are completely different, however I am often able to utilise the skills I’ve learned through the military to support my civilian job and vice versa. As well as very fulfilling, the Army Reserve gives an extra dimension to my character and something very few others have in a competitive working environment. I have had a number of promotions within Barclays and I strongly believe my military skills and experiences have helped me achieve these."


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