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.
A 96-year-old veteran whose war medals were ripped from his chest by a mugger while paying his respects at his local cenotaph has had them replaced by a serving soldier.
A British Army officer has been voted top of the class at a college preparing international military officers for the highest roles.
A British Army soldier who turned Santa to save Christmas for many families in lockdown has been recognised for his charitable efforts.
Lieutenant Tim was torn between a career in TV production and the Army in his teens. Little did he realise he could successfully pursue both, much less that doing so would one day provide a financial lifeline during a global pandemic.
An Army officer is about to create history as the first woman of colour to ski solo and unsupported to the South Pole.
A few weeks ago around three hundred newly commissioned officers marched up the steps of Old College at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to start their careers as Officers in the British Army.
“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.