My name is Craftsman Thomas Mortimore and I am currently on Phase 2 training at 10 Training Battalion, Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers.
I left school at 16 as I wasn’t keen on the idea of college and was hoping for a career in the RAF. It didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped because there were no places for my chosen trade and I was forced to wait. The waiting dragged on so I chose a career in the Army instead. I wanted to join the armed forces because I wanted to get a job which involved practical work and at the same time be presented with a challenge and opportunities.
I chose Armourer as my trade because I had an interest in military equipment and I knew that there would be a chance to repair many different models. I passed the required tests, completed selection on the 12th November 2010 and in April 2011 I received my letter to tell me when I was to start Phase 1 training.
17 July 2012
Armourer course fires all barrels:
Now that we’ve started getting into the actual weapons on the armourer course, we had to start with general principles. This covers the basics of all weapons including cycle of operations, types of weapons, types of operations and ammunition types.
25 May 2012
Lap, butt and fillet: The art of welding
April started off with the continuation of tool making where we completed our mini vice. A week of filing, sawing, drilling and more filing it was complete.
12 April 2012
Here is the good stuff: my trade course started
In this blog, Thomas talks about making a spanner, putting up a tent blindfolded and getting up close and personal with weapons systems.
13 February 2012
Learning the trade of the Armourer: Building foundations
“I chose Armourer as my trade because I had an interest in military equipment and I knew that there would be a chance to repair many different models.”