What makes the British Army? It’s not the weaponry or the vehicles – it’s the people. People with a diverse array of skills and experiences are what gives us our strength.
We have gathered together a collection of stories from serving soldiers across the Army where we find out who they are and what the Army means to them.
“Diversity and mentoring in the military has come on leaps and bounds.” So says Samantha, from 159 Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) supporting recruitment and training of 18 to 43-year-olds for six regional squadron locations.
The ships of the UK Carrier Strike Group have recently headed East with the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth at the core. HMS Queen Elizabeth has several Army personnel on board and one of these is LCpl Charlie “Shaka” Hislop of 42 Engineer Regiment.
Through the Army Adventurous Training Scheme, Captain Amii Calway did a static line jump, and became hooked on skydiving. The sport has seen Amii jumping all over the world; both competitively and with the Silver Stars Army Parachute Display Team.
“I really missed the friendships and banter in the military, so I came back as a Reservist.” Five years after leaving, she longed for the camaraderie of the Army, so re-joined the REME as a Reservist with 101 Theatre Support Battalion six years ago and is now a Lance Corporal.
Former Olympian Major Heather Stanning OBE RA, a Battery Commander serving with 47 Regiment Royal Artillery, made history by winning Team GB’s first gold medal at London 2012.
Sergeant Pammie McNeill always wanted to be a soldier since dressing up in her granddad’s uniform as a child.
A four-year academic odyssey for 24 soldiers was marked in style, sunshine and smiles as they assembled on the steps of Portsmouth’s magnificent Guildhall having received their bachelors’ degree certificates at Portsmouth University’s graduation ceremony.
Officer Cadets about to commission at Sandhurst got to wear the cap badge and headdress of their chosen regiments for the first time at the Beret Parade on Ex Dynamic Victory.
Over the next few week soldiers from the 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS), will be in the Ukraine taking part in Exercise Cossack Mace, in partnership with soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Ukraine (AFU).
Two brothers have created their own piece of Army history by performing together as Drum Major and Pipe Major. Since the formation of The Royal Regiment of Scotland (SCOTS,) there has never been a sibling combination to hold the appointments at the same time. This is also believed to be an Army-wide first, not just within the regiment.
Today, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (SCOTS DG), Scotland’s senior and only cavalry regiment, celebrate their 50th anniversary. The Regiment’s long and illustrious heritage dates back to 1678 when three independent troops of dragoons were raised at the House of the Binns, Linlithgow by General Thomas ‘Bluidy Tam’ Dalyell and the current Regiment was formed through an amalgamation of the Royal Scots Greys and the 3rd Carabiniers at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh on 2nd July 1971.
Major General Alastair Bruce is the current Governor of Edinburgh Castle and his Installation Ceremony will take place on the evening of the 24th June. This role comes after years of service as both a Regular and Army Reserve Officer which he continues to fulfil alongside his wide-ranging civilian roles.