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Servicemen return to college to help students

Stratford Editorial 13th Feb, 2017   0

SERVICEMEN returned to Stratford College to share their experiences with students.

Royal Marine Sam Millard, Army infantryman Dan Ward, and Jake Smith who is currently training with the Army Royal Fusiliers Reservists all graduated from the college in 2014.

The trio came back to the college, where they studied on a specialised Uniformed Public Services course, to help current students and catch up with their former lecturer and Royal Marine Oli Wilkins.

Having grown up and attended primary school together in Hampton Magna all three are living out their life-long ambitions to serve in the forces.

Jake is taking an apprenticeship with the engineering firm Matrix based in Coventry as he completes his reservist training. He is now considering full-time service.

Sam is stationed in Scotland and having been awarded the Royal Marines’ green beret in January is now planning to specialise in weapons training.

And Dan passed out as an infantryman in February last year. He is now on a peace-keeping mission with the UN controlling the border in Cyprus.

Lecturer Oli said: “I’m very pleased that Dan, Jake and Sam felt they had gained so much from the course and its physical training programmes and I am proud of them for each becoming so successful in their chosen careers.

“It was a great pleasure hearing about their military experiences first-hand and our current students will benefit enormously from future visits.”

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