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March 26th 2014

ROYAL MARINE: PASSING THE SENIOR COMMAND COURSE WAS A PROUD MOMENT IN MY CAREER

A Royal Marines Reserve has spoken about stepping up to become a senior and embracing new challenges. Sergeant Matt Harness, who works as a Fire Fighter in Leicestershire on a day-to-day basis, has been a Reserve for 14 years of which the last two years…

Sergeant Matt Harness, who works as a Fire Fighter in Leicestershire on a day-to-day basis, has been a Reserve for 14 years of which the last two years have been served at the Nottingham detachment.

Matt successfully completed his Senior Command Course last autumn. This is an extremely demanding course and is a prerequisite for promotion to a Sergeant.

Matt said: “I’d been considering putting myself forward to become a senior at the detachment for the last 12 months. Completing the Senior Command Course is certainly a proud moment in my military career so far.

“The course is really challenging and is designed to ensure that you are ready to plan and conduct operations, lead troops and deal with any situation that may be presented to you in an unstable or battle environment.

“My fitness was tested as well as being assessed in the field managing troops, moving injured soldiers to safety and re-organising the team on-the-spot as needed.”

Matt, aged 34 years, currently lives in Lincolnshire with his partner and 5-year-old twins, works as a Fire Fighter in Leicestershire and serves as a Reserve in Nottinghamshire. He continued:  “My family and friends understand my enthusiasm to serve as a Reserve and are proud of my achievements to date. It can sometimes be difficult to juggle my civilian career, family life, seeing friends and being a Reserve but it normally works out fine.

“My new role as a Sergeant is quite different from being a Corporal. I’m much more involved in the managerial aspects of the detachment and am looking forward to helping to facilitate the units move from its current location to Foresters House in Chilwell.”

Matt was promoted to a Sergeant in October 2013.