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Joining the army - a new recruit's story

Posted on 22 November, 2018 at 7:25
There's no dispute that joining the armed forces is an excellent career choice. Great pay, the chance to see the world and training that is second to none ??? what???s not to love? Yet those first few months at training college can be gruelling and take their toll, both mentally and physically. Andy Emmet, Managing Director of Bury-based Military Standard Training give his view on why so many youngsters joining up struggle and what can be done to help. Picture the scene. A young lad - or lass - from a small Lancashire village arrives at Army Training College. It's something they've wanted to do for as long as they can remember training to serve their country. And it's finally here. The first few weeks, the excitement's at fever pitch. New mates from all over the country. Sleeping in a dorm. A new routine. A wealth of information and a world of opportunity at your feet. Can life get any better? Then suddenly, a few weeks in, it hits you. You're sore. You're knackered. You're neither as fit - or as cocky - as you thought you were back in Lancashire. For the first time ever, you're away from home. There's no mum cooking a Sunday roast while you watch telly and there's no dad to have a chat with when your best mate's being an idiot - again. You're loving you new life, and you're determined to make a go of it. But you hadn't banked on just how hard you were going to find it being away from everything you've ever known.This feeling, the homesickness, is totally normal. But it's tough. Really, really tough. It's a feeling I remember all too well. My first six weeks as a recruit in the Corps (Royal Marines) were a huge shock to the system. Nothing could have prepared me not only for being away from family and friends, but also for the intense nature of the training. I was terribly homesick and I felt lost, despite the best efforts of the Commando Training Team to ease me in. This is the reason I started Military Standard Training. I wanted to set up something that would help young people prepare mentally for leaving home for the first time when they first join up. It seemed crazy that there is so much support to help military personnel make the transition back to civvy street after they have finished serving, but there is nothing at the start of their careers. When you think about it, it's total madness. At Military Standard Training, we are here to help, bridging the gap between young people leaving traditional education and starting military training. Our training is the best there is, lasting up to 26 weeks, and gives 16-24 year olds the foundations basic life skills you need for life in the forces. And best of all? It won't cost you a penny as it's totally free. As all of our team are ex-forces, we really have been there, done that and some of us have even bought the teeshirt. It's safe to say, we know what we're doing and we know exactly what you need to learn before you start your military training college. When they leave, our recruits understand all about military values and standards and have tons of military knowledge as well as various qualifications. And physically - think you're fit now? You will be when we finish with you and believe us, you'll need to be when you start training. Most importantly of all, we'll make sure we prepare your mind, giving you the mental strength and stamina to make a real go of it. Our first set of MST recruits are just about to pass out of training college. They'll tell you how Military Standard Training will build your confidence and stamina, as well as your physical condition and life skills. They'll tell you how joining up might quite possibly be the best thing you ever do. Because it really is. For more information please call 0161 5050 460.

Military Standard Training Celebrates a Hattrick of Sucess

Posted on 22 November, 2018 at 7:15
A local company which helps to prepare young people for life in the armed forces is celebrating after three of it's students have fast tracked their way in to the Army. Louis Allen, Thomas Ryan and Alex Sydall all started the 6-month training course run by Military Standard Training in August with an initial target date to complete by March.However, after just six weeks, the budding soldiers completed their initial training and gained early entry in to Army Foundation College, Harrogate. All three are now in the Army. Managing Director Andy Emmert explains more: We'd usually expect students to take up to six months to complete our course and so we're extremely proud of all three students for their amazing achievement. It's down to their sheer determination and hard work, along with the unwavering support and dedication of the staff here at MST. Bury-based Military Standard Training was launched to bridge the gap between young people leaving traditional education and starting military training. The company provides a robust, free of charge course lasting up to 26 weeks, to give 16-24 year olds the foundations and basic skills required for life in the forces. Run by Andy Emmett, along with several former senior Armed Forces personnel, the programme offers an alternative route to higher education. It embraces military values and standards and covers a range of units including Military Knowledge, Fitness and Mental Strength and various Qualifications. One of the students, who was initially let down by another training provider and then hit by a series of medical setbacks, is particularly thrilled to finally join up. His proud Mum, Fiona Sydall said: Thanks to the staff at Military Standard Training, my son has finally achieved his dream of joining the army. I really don't think he would be as physically and mentally ready if it hadn't been for the encouragement and support the staff have given him, and I would 100% recommend Military Standard Training to anyone looking to join the forces. Andy Emmett continued: The students who come through our doors often need guidance to push them in the right direction and to channel their energy in a positive way. They arrive as young kids, but complete the course as highly focussed young men and women with a real sense of pride. We are all immensely proud of the three students and their outstanding achievement.

Military Standard Training Achieves Matrix Standard

Posted on 22 November, 2018 at 7:10
Bury-based Military Standard Training, the organisation which prepares youngsters for a life in the armed forces, is celebrating after successfully completing a prestigious accreditation with flying colours. MST have been awarded the Matrix Quality Standard, a unique quality framework awarded to organisations that support individuals in their choice of career, learning, and life goals. A powerful business tool, the certification enables organisations to asses and measure the service they offer, and was developed to benefit businesses who want to continually improve their performance and promote overall high standards across the board. Military Standard Training was launched by Andrew Emmet who recognised a gap in the market for a provision which helps young people with the transition between home life and the armed forces. The achievement of the standard means that the learners who attend MST can be assured that they will receive the very best impartial advice and guidance, and an even greater chance of success when applying for jobs in the armed forces or ???civvy street???. Andrew, along with his team, has been working tirelessly towards the standard for the past 12 months. The two-part assessment involved the completion of a detailed audit matrix and a two-day on-site inspection. Each area of the business was scrutinised, from policies and procedures to interviews with staff, trainees and stakeholders including the Youth Offending Team, Rochdale Training and local schools. Andrew said: ???At Military Standard Training, we are passionate about delivering the best standards to our students and we are great advocates for positive change. As a company, we are evolving at a rapid pace and it is important that we constantly improve on our systems and service for the benefit of both our students and the business as a whole. ???The Matrix Standard has played a crucial role in this, helping us to celebrate our strengths and identify areas for development.??? The audit report, produced by Assessment Service Ltd, was extremely positive about the organisation, citing that ??? students felt supported by staff who are always visible, accessible and willing to take time to discuss issues??? and that a ???tangible passion displayed by all staff to help learners??? was evident, along with ???consistency, high levels of warmth and nurture, a unique cocktail of support that is valued by learners and achieves excellent outcomes???. The accreditation comes after Military Standard Training recently secured a 200k investment to expand it???s premises and help more young people prepare for life in the armed forces and the unemployed back in to work, through the provision of a wide range training programmes.

Meet our Students - Zoe Bridge

Posted on 22 November, 2018 at 7:00
Zoe Bridge, age 17, has been training with MST for the past 10 weeks. She's already passed her basic assessment and is currently waiting for a date to start at Harrogate Foundation College. She'll then join the Adjutant General Corps in Winchester, and just 6 weeks after that, she'll be a trained solider. Why do you want to join the military? It's something I've always been interested in. I spent 4 years in the army cadets which I absolutely loved and that was it - joining up became my dream. What do you want to do in the forces? I am very much a people person and so I want to join the HR team. I'll go on tours with my unit and it will be job to look after the administrative side of HR such as payroll, as well as being on hand to look after the team's mental wellbeing, after my social worker education training. How did you hear about MST? I became aware of Military Standard Training at a careers fair at the Elizabethan Suite, Bury. I met the team and knew it would be a great place for me to get started. How have you found the course so far? It's been fantastic - but intensive - particularly the fitness. But as a result, I quickly felt a difference in myself, becoming fitter and more focussed. Are there many girls on the course? There are 7 of us, but to be truthful, gender really doesn't come in to it. We all do the same training and we're one big team. I think it's a shame that so few girls join up as it's an amazing career - and I think many just lack the confidence to do it. What have been the best bits of the course? Every element of the course has been fantastic. The highlights have been meeting new people and having the time to really think about myself and what I want from my life. Both the staff and the students are extremely supportive, and I've made some friends for life. I feel really confident starting my training at Harrogate -I've had an insight into what will come up and what to expect. It would be far more difficult to go straight in to it with no prior training - a proper shock to the system! What's the biggest challenge you have faced? Definitely the log run! It's extremely tough both physically and mentally, but it's great for team building! What do your family think? My family have been extremely supportive and my Mum and Dad are so proud of me, as is my twin sister. Choose your superpower: That's easy. Superfitness!

Staff Edwards Double Celebration!

Posted on 4 October, 2018 at 16:05
Gareth Edwards was just 16 when he signed up to the military. He joined the Royal Engineers, where he became a bomb disposal expert, and took part in tours of Afghanistan, Kenya, Belize and the UK. After 9 years serving his country, Staff Edwards left the forces to pursue new challenges. He became a personal trainer for a hotel chain before going on to be Head of Membership for Active Tameside, where he focussed on helping young people to get fit. However, a military man through and through, he was never going to be happy on civvy street. He explains more: I soon realised that I missed lots of things about the Army. Above anything else, I missed the teamwork - in the forces, you develop a real family bond with the people you work with and it's hard to replicate that in any other jobs. I'd really enjoyed working with the youngsters at Active Tameside and so when the teaching post came up at Military Standard Training, I grabbed it with both hands. I'm a PTI (Physical Training Instructor) and it's my job to get our students fitness levels where it should be. Many are quite sedentary when they come to us, and for them, it can be a shock to the system. It's pretty intense and they have to work extremely hard. We spend every morning training, taking part in exercises including running, distance walking, circuits, log runs, boot runs and team building activities. In just 2 to 3 weeks we start to notice a real difference in both their fitness and in the students overall. Their posture changes, and they start to stand proud. Their attitude and manners dramatically improves and we seem them grow in to fantastic young men and women. In a short time frame the students develop a close bond amongst themselves and with the staff. My role goes far beyond teaching fitness. I offer guidance, helping with their forces applications and also with their personal circumstances. Several of the students haven't had the best start in life, and on more than one occasion I've been told that they see me as a Father figure and that is the best reward of all. I'm just about to celebrate my first anniversary at MST and I can honestly say it's one of the best jobs I have ever had. It's a double celebration, as I've also just achieved a grade one observation for teaching, part of my working towards a level 4 certificate in teaching and learning. I've no previous teaching experience, so this is something I'm immensely proud of. Yet what makes me even prouder is to know that as a team, we are doing something incredible - inspiring young lives and helping them on their journey to a fantastic career.

Exercise of the week - HOw to do Burpees

Posted on 7 March, 2018 at 3:20


Exercise of the Week



The Burpee is the most effective exercise, as it targets all five dimensions of fitness: endurance, speed, agility, strength and flexibility. It is probably the single most effective and complete, whole-body conditioning exercise there is. No other movement on the planet will work as many muscle groups, whilst at the same time massively improving your endurance, stamina and cardiovascular conditioning.

The basic movement is performed in four steps and known as a "four-count burpee":

1. Begin in a standing position.

2. Move into a squat position with your hands on the ground.

3. Kick your feet back into a plank position, while keeping your arms extended.

4. Immediately return your feet into squat position.

5. Stand up from the squat position.

There are many variations of this exercise, Here are few you could give a try:

Burpee push up (also known as a "bastardo")

The athlete performs one push-up after assuming the extended plank position.


Jump-over burpee: The athlete jumps over an obstacle between burpees.

Jump up burpee:The athlete jumps straight up as high as possible at the end of the movement, before beginning the next burpee.

Knee push-up burpee: The athlete bends their knees and rests them on the ground before performing the push up.

Long-jump burpee: The athlete jumps forward, not upward.

Muscle-up burpee: Combine a muscle-up (a variation of a pull-up) with the jump or do a muscle-up instead of the jump.

One-armed burpee: The athlete uses only one arm for the whole exercise including the pushup.

Pull-up burpee: Combine a pull-up with the jump or do a pull-up instead of the jump.

Side burpee: The athlete bends at waist and places hand shoulder-width apart to the side of right or left foot. Jump both legs out to side and land on the outer and inner sides of your feet. Jump back in, jump up, and repeat on opposite side.

Tuck-jump burpee: The athlete pulls their knees to their chest (tucks) at the peak of the jump.


Have a go!!


Job of the week - Armoured Engineer - Army

Posted on 2 March, 2018 at 4:45

See what jobs our Military Preparation Trainees are applying for...






• Drive/operate and maintain military engineer heavy tanks

• Operate the BOWMAN digital communications systems

• Clear obstacles and lay bridges

• Access opportunities to gain additional qualifications and train on other AV platforms.


Imagine driving a huge machine that lays bridges for soldiers. Or clearing a road blockade using another massive vehicle. Like the idea? Why not join the Royal Engineers as an Armoured Engineer? You start by training as a Combat Engineer. Then you learn to drive, run and fix the Trojan and Titan – tough machines used for building bridges and clearing ditches and minefields. Once you’re trained, you could go all over the world. Army life also gives you the chance to take qualifications, move up and train on other Armoured Vehicles.



Age: 16 years 6 months - 32 years 11 months

QUALIFICATIONS: No formal qualifications needed

FITNESS: Lift 35kg, Carry 120m, 1.5 mile run in 13 min 15 sec (14 min 30 sec for junior entry)


Step: 1

You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.



Then it’s off to the Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment near Camberley for nine weeks. Here, you learn military engineering skills such as knots and lashings, demolition, mine warfare and bridge building. Then it’s 16 weeks technical training at the Armour Centre in Bovington, learning about the Titan, Trojan and Terrier fleet.



• Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Engineering Maintenance and Installation (Mechanical Maintenance) – (City and Guilds)

• Level 2 Diploma in Engineering (QCF) – (City and Guilds)

• Functional Skills English at level 1 – (City and Guilds)

• Functional Skills Mathematics at level 1 – (City and Guilds)

• Functional Skills ICT at level 1 – (City and Guilds)

• Cat B and H driving licence


Earn £14,931 during training. When your Phase 1 training is finished, and you join your unit as a Sapper, your pay will rise to £18,488.