Picture editor Sarah Bromley turns co-pilot to experience just some of the highs of Army life
We sent picture editor Sarah Bromley to meet the Army Air Corps’ 670 and 673 Squadrons to find out about the amazing opportunities available for women in the British Army.
The soldiers she met support combat troops by tackling enemy targets, airlifting troops and evacuating casualties. They’re also involved in humanitarian operations, so having variety of skills is a must. ‘Everyone I talked to explained how they regularly go on courses, which range from telecommunications and logistics to medical training and even accountancy,’ says Sarah. ‘This not only puts them ahead of the game in the Army, but also if they decide to continue their career in the “civvy” world.’
Plus, soldiers can choose from a whole range of courses that don’t necessarily have to relate to their jobs. ‘The Army really invests in you as a person and your career, whether that’s helping you gain civilian qualifications, like becoming an engineer, or funding a degree in forensic biology. You can even complete non-academic qualifications like becoming a physical training instructor,’ says Sarah.
To give her an insight, the Army gave Sarah her own Army-style training – using a flight simulator to see what it would feel like to be a helicopter pilot. ‘It was incredible,’ she says. But flying and building an impressive CV aren’t the only perks. There’s the excellent pension, 38 days’ annual holiday, and benefits such as childcare support, too.
‘Any preconceptions I had about the Army have gone,’ says Sarah. ‘The skills you gain and opportunities available are amazing. They set you up for life and help you achieve your goals, whatever they might be’.
To find out more about life in the Army and career opportunities, search marieclaire.co.uk/army.
And check out the Army fitness app, free from the iOS and Android app stores.