|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!