New recruits get a lesson in army life

Posted: 18-11-2017 - 558 view(s)

A military visit proved a real test of grit for students from SRC Bede Sixth Form.

The public services students spent four days living life as a new army recruit at Strensall Queen Elizabeth Barracks in York.

From army drills to bed making, cooking out in the field to marching, the team were introduced to the real demands of army life.

“It was always going to be a challenge,” said public services lecturer at SRC Bede, Heidi Lindsay. “If you don’t know what life in the army is like it can be quite a shock. It isn’t meant to be easy.”

Joined by service personnel from the armed services, the students had to wear uniforms and were made to be separated from some of life’s little luxuries such as their mobile phones.

“It was about learning basic discipline,” said course leader Garreth Evans. “But the students really stepped up to the challenge.”

Spending their days in training, the learners, who hope to go on to pursue careers in the public services, learnt about navigation, compass and map reading, camouflage and concealment, as well as some of the basics of creating camp out in the field.

“They have learnt the theory in the classroom about what the army is all about but this gave them real experience, developing discipline and team work skills, but also seeing if they were mentally and physically able to join the army,” said Heidi.

The full-time Public Services courses at SRC Bede Sixth Form offer students the chance to learn about what working life is really like in the uniformed services, including fire and rescue, the police, ambulance, prison services, customs and excise and the armed forces. For more details visit: You can apply now for courses starting in September 2018.