My name is Andrew Vaughan, I am 25 years old and this is my story so far. I am undertaking Phase 1 training at ATR Winchester where I hope to go on to join the Royal Artillery.
I’ve had a taste of Army life before because I previous applied to join the TA when I was 18. I completed the Army Development and Selection Centre (ADSC) after a year of waiting but unfortunately had to leave to go to University. It is something I regret now and I do wonder what would have happened had I stayed. As they say though, everything happens for a reason.
Fast forward seven years, a lot of life experience and a varied career including as an Accounts Assistant and a Recruitment Consultant. Good money, but not what I wanted to do. I wanted a job which was varied, where I get to make a difference and have adventures along the way.
Finally I made the decision. I was going to become a soldier.
Follow Recruit Vaughan’s journey on this page
Joining the British Army – becoming a recruit – 15 April 14
Time for selection: Preparation is the key – 23 April 14
You’re in the Army now: Realities of War – 9 June 14
You’re in the Army now: ‘Stand to’ for Exercise Halfway – 1 August 14
You’re in the Army now: it’s range week! – 26 August 14
You’re in the Army now: Preparing for Ex FINAL FLING – 18 September 14
You’re in the Army now: arms drill – 10 October 14
You’re in the Army now: Passing Out – 21 October 14
Watch this video of Andrew talking about joining the Army
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