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I wouldn’t be the person or mum I am without the Army

A Section Commander at the Defence School of Transport has successfully combined being a soldier and a mum and credits the British Army.

Corporal Lucy Blair serving with the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) based in Leconfield, is responsible for the duty of care of the trainees at the Tri-Service ‘Centre of Excellence’, as they attend the largest residential driving school in the world.

Without the army I wouldn’t be the person I am today, and wouldn’t be the Mum I am today either" Corporal Lucy Blair,
Royal Logistic Corps

“Without the army I wouldn’t be the person I am today, and wouldn’t be the Mum I am today either." the 25-year-old said. “It has influenced my life massively, it was a lifestyle and still is but to me it is a career now, and still extremely important to me.”

Lucy who has big ambitions and aspirations, enjoys being an instructor and would ‘love’ to be a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, instructing the Officer Cadets at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, she said: “Resilience is what builds us as a person, You need to be resilient to face life's challenges and accepting that failures are good.

“I used to see failing as a negative thing until the Army started pushing me past my capabilities and showing me that we need to fail and face hardship to succeed. This taught me that any unfortunate life events can have a positive impact of growth. This mentality opens doors to opportunities you wouldn't believe and being my best self, in order to be the best Mum for my daughter.”

Lucy who hails from Blairgowrie, Perth and Kinross attended the Army Foundation Collage Harrogate from the age of 16, said: “I was always adventurous as a child, never enjoyed school but joined the Army Cadets at 12 and loved everything about it.

“Watching the news of Afghanistan whilst in high school gave me the inspiration to join the Army and be like those strong, brave soldiers, and serve my Queen and country.”

I want to empower future women of the Army and ensure they know nothing can get in their way of success" CORPORAL LUCY BLAIR,
Royal Logistic Corps

During her decade long-career, she has been stationed at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus and travelled to Norway, Germany, Austria and France for Nordic and Alpine skiing, and a trip to Barbados with the RLC women’s hockey team.

“My deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2020 was the highlight of my career”, she said. “I went out there as only one of five females, part of my role was to enable a one person British Forces Post Office.

“I was a quadbike operator and was also privileged to have conducted guardian angel taskings. It was an opportunity of a lifetime that I wouldn’t normally get in my profession as a Postal and Courier Operator.”

The mother of a one-year-old daughter continued: “My biggest challenge in my life was having my daughter. Going from being a soldier that was 110% committed to every single job, to learning to have that work life balance, balancing being a good soldier and being a Mum, that’s harder than any deployment I’ve done.”

She added: “As a junior soldier I worked in the Regimental Welfare Office and was exposed to what the Army offer. I don’t think people see how much the Armed Forces invest in their serving personnel and families.”

Following her maternity leave she got involved with the first Defence Perinatal Festival, which involved women from across Defence and the civil service and aimed to support them to remain healthy during and after pregnancies, to minimise their isolation, boost their wellbeing, reduce pregnancy risks and to remain ‘fighting fit.’ 

Exercise was the event theme, and Lucy wanted to “break the stigma of fitness being a negative thing, during pregnancy.

“I jumped on the opportunity to be the event project officer,” she said. “I worked out throughout my pregnancy; I was four weeks pregnant whilst doing Nordic Ski training in Norway and wanted to share my experience with others.

“The Defence GP Special Interest Group (Women’s Health) and Servicewomen’s Health Improvement Focus Team have done great work addressing the challenges serving Mum’s face and this is something I was enthusiastic about supporting.”

A male may be able to carry a weapon across a certain terrain faster than you however nothing is holding you back at training to be faster or stronger. Gender does not determine success" CORPORAL LUCY BLAIR,
Royal Logistic Corps

Lucy who coaches trainees “to become the best soldier and person they can be and prepare them to make a strong start in their career,” explained: “I want to empower future women of the Army and ensure they know nothing can get in their way of success."

“We work in a male dominant environment and that will never change but utilising the amazing skills we have as females and the things our brains can do that males cannot, gives us more strive to succeed. There is nothing in life that a woman cannot achieve and that is the exact same for the Armed Forces!

“Want to be a Sniper then be a Sniper; A male may be able to carry a weapon across a certain terrain faster than you however nothing is holding you back at training to be faster or stronger. Gender does not determine success.” 

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