Public Services students meet the Paras and Army Medical Corps

Students studying Uniformed Public Services courses at Bridgwater College benefitted recently from visits by the Parachute Regiment and the Army Medical and Veterinary Corps, to find out what life is really like for our Armed Forces.

Members of The Parachute Regiment explained their specific job role and the training required to become a para and brought their kit with them. One student, Elliot Donnelly from Bridgwater, was lucky enough to be kitted out and was very surprised by the weight that they are expected carry.

Elliott wearing kit from the Parachute Regiment

The students were also given the opportunity to watch a presentation from the Army Medical and Veterinary Corps. The group met Doogie, a working dog, and heard about how he is trained to sniff out explosives and ammunition. During the talk students learnt about the different jobs within the corps and the roles and responsibilities of working within such specific areas.

Ruth Burrows, Lecturer in Public Services at Bridgwater College said,

“These types of visits are extremely beneficial to our Public Services students; they get to speak first hand to serving members of our Armed Forces about their job roles and experiences. The opportunity to discuss career prospects and find out what life is like for our soldiers was particularly inspiring to our students, many of whom are now seriously considering careers within these areas.”