Recruit Vaughan

Recruit Vaughan

Recruit Vaughan

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 key23 April 14

You’re in the Army now: ‘Ten press-ups Vaughan!’ – 9 May 14

You’re in the Army now: If you’re not marching, you’re running – 20 May 14

You’re in the Army now: Dismounted Close Combat Trainer – 29 May 14

You’re in the Army now: Realities of War – 9 June 14

You’re in the Army now: First Step, football and feeling good – 1 July 14

You’re in the Army now: Pride on parade before hometime – 23 July 14

You’re in the Army now: ‘Stand to’ for Exercise Halfway – 1 August 14

You’re in the Army now: CBRN drills, bayonet training and the PFA run – 20 August 14

You’re in the Army now: it’s range week! – 26 August 14

You’re in the Army now: Soldier Development Week in the Brecon Beacons – 5 September 14

You’re in the Army now: Preparing for Ex FINAL FLING – 18 September 14

You’re in the Army now: up close and personal with Ex FINAL FLING – 01 October 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

Find out more Soldier Initial (Phase 1) Training: www.army.mod.uk/training_education/24432.aspx

Find out how to apply to join the Army: www.army.mod.uk/join

20 thoughts on “Recruit Vaughan

  1. Pingback: Joining the British Army – becoming a recruit | The Official British Army Blog

  2. Andrew, sending you lots of luck for your Phase1 at Catterick, its really tough and the PT is far tougher than my son could have ever imagined but hes in week 11 now and enjoying every second, but the rewards are amazing, your account of all the stages of trying to get in are well described but for every 1 that gets in 12 get turned down so you should be really chuffed, look forward to more posts between sit ups and ironing! Regards SS

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  3. Good luck all you can do is your best can’t wait to read more i wish i had stuck the cadets out i might of been in the army but never mind try to enjoy and learn stay strong and positive

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  5. Good luck on your phase 1 training. Seems life has changed a lot since I served.
    The Royal Artillery are an amazing Regiment. I miss my days being part of gunners family. 14Regt RA. Good days.

    Enjoy Catterick and all that follows.

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  8. Andrew I am really enjoying your blog, my son has been in the army now for nearly 8 years and your story brings back lots of memories of his 28 weeks basic training up in Catterick, especially as he joined when he was your age after working as an electrician for years He is a Lance Sargeant in the Irish Guards now and has OSM for Iraq and Afghanistan and doing really well out in Cyrus at present of OP Tosca. Wishing you all the very best in your training and look forward to reading the next installment.

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  9. Hello Recruit Vaughan!
    I am so memorized by your journey thus far. It sounds amazing, and quite an amount of dedication. I can’t wait to hear more about your training.
    I am an American college student currently living in the state of California, and had come across your story, so inspirational I must say! Keep of the good work, I’m rooting for you (:

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  11. Hi I’m interested in joining the army in artillery raf as been interested in a while an I’m lee Hammonds aged 25. If you could get in contact with me or send me information via post or email many thanks lee Hammonds

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  13. This is great stuff to read while considering the Army myself. 23 and the current job environment for people with no degree and no expertise outside pub work is awful. I’d rather follow some of the military history my family has and do something worthwhile than be treated like unwanted baggage. Knowing that there’s people around my age there putting up approachable records like this is a great thing, so cheers for that as well!

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  17. Even though am not in the army as yet, this story is an amazing story, .motivates me a lot! Have applied to the British army , but am in wanting…. Good story I love it👍

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