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November 17th 2016

Lincoln College students get taste of military life

Lincoln College students visited 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron for a taste of military life

Students from Lincoln have been given a taste of life as an Army reservist.

A group of 22 pupils from Lincoln College aged between 17 and 19 who are studying Public Services, visited 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron,158 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps at Sobraon Barracks on 16 November.

Lincoln College students at Sobraon Barracks

Lincoln College students at Sobraon Barracks

The teenagers were able to see demonstrations of weapons, radios and vehicles the squadron use, get a taste for life out in the field and help cook their own dinner alongside Army chefs.

Students also took part in a final planning exercise putting skills they’d learnt on the day into practice.

Warrant Officer Class One, Nigel O’Leary, of 160 Transport Squadron, said: “It was great to see the students getting involved and learning by taking part in activities.

“They’re all interested in going on to careers in public services such as joining the police, fire service or army, and we hope it has given them an insight into what it’s like being in the Armed Forces.

“Last year’s event with pupils from the course inspired a couple of the participants to become reservists and we hope this year’s had a similar impact on those that attended.”

Students tried on CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) gear.

Students tried on CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) gear.

Reece Betts, who is in this third year of studying Public Services, was one of those who attended. He said: “It’s been a very good day. It showed me the kind of kit the units use and the skills you need to join. It’s made me more excited about the potential for a career in the army.”

Neil Carlin, Lecturer in Sports and Public Services at Lincoln College, said: “It was a great opportunity allowing the students to get first-hand experience of the Armed Forces.

“It was a wonderful experience for the students and was fantastically relevant in terms of their study programme at college.

Private Kevin Darby, who signed up to be a reservist after visiting with the College last year, shows current students shooting techniques

Private Kevin Darby, who signed up to be a reservist after visiting with the College last year, shows current students shooting techniques

One of the students who was inspired to become a reservist following last year’s event was Private Kevin Darby who is now a member of 3rd Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment. This year he was representing his unit showcasing weaponry to the attendees.

He said: “Joining the Reserve Forces has been brilliant, it’s the best thing I’ve done. I have been able to do stuff I never thought I would including going on two major camps which was awesome.”

160 Squadron are currently recruiting. For more information contact 01522 529082 or email 158rlc-160-rsuso@mod.uk

A full gallery of pictures from the day is available here.

“Last year’s event with pupils from the course inspired a couple of the participants to become reservists and we hope this year’s had a similar impact on those that attended.”