Students interview geography teacher Mr. Dwyer and history teacher Mr. Hart about their time in the army.
Reported by Jordan and Euan
Reported by Shaylen and Aliastar
To join the military you could go to the recruiting office in Exeter at Wyvern Barracks, or sign up online. You have to be 16 to go to a military college. There are many different jobs that you can do in the military from brick laying to being a helicopter pilot. You can rise through the ranks start as a Private then Lance Corporal up to General.
Mr. Dwyer Interview Transcript
Today we are going to talk to Mr Dwyer about his voluntary work in the army. We will be asking him some questions and his answers include fitness regimes, personal information and why he volunteered for the army.
Q. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE ARMY FOR?
A. “I HAVE BEEN IN THE ARMY FOR 17 YEARS I JOINED WHEN I WAS 20 SO YOU CAN WORK OUT HOW OLD I AM 37.”
Q. WHAT SORT OF DRILLS DID YOU DO?
A. “THERE WERE A WHOLE LOT OF TEST LIKE FITNESS, SHOOTING, BASIC FIRST AID, NUCLEAR CHEMICAL WARFARE TRAINING WE HAD TO REACH A COMPETENCY LEVEL IN ORDER TO PASS OUT IN ORDER FOR EXAMPLE. WE NEED TO RUN A MILE AND A HALF WITHIN TEN AND A HALF MINUTES, 55 SIT UPS IN 2 MINUTES AND 44 PRESSUPS IN 2 MINUTES.
Q. WHAT FUN THINGS DID YOU JOIN ABOUT THE ARMY?
A.“THE THINGS I ENJOY MOST IS BEING WITH THE PEOPLE YOU ARE WITH HAVING A GOOD LAUGHS, BEING AWAY SEEING THE WORLD SEEING PLACE’S LIKE CYPRUS UKRAINE ALSO YOU GET A LOT OF PLEASURE DOING HARD THINGS SO THEN ONCE YOU ARE FINISHED WITH THEM YOU GET A SENSE OF PRIDE.”
Q. WHAT WERE THE THINGS THAT MADE YOU JOIN
A. “AT THE TIME I WAS AT UNIVERSITY IN PLYMOUTH I HAD AMBITIONS OF JOINING THE ARMY, I FANCIED JOINING THE RESERVES THEY DID DO GOOD PAY, IT WAS THE TERRITORIAL ARMY THE T.A FORCES. WHEN THEY PAID YOU HAD SOME MONEY IN YOUR POCKET FOR UNIVERSITY BECAUSE IT WAS QUITE EXPENSIVE, IT WAS ABOUT GETTING A EXPERIENCE IN THE MILITARY LIFE AND ABOUT GETTING SOME MONEY AND MEETING SOME NEW PEOPLE ASWELL GOING TO SEE SOME DIFFERENT PLACES.”
Q. WHAT WAS THE WORST THING ABOUT THE ARMY
A. “THE WORST THING ABOUT THE ARMY APART FROM GETTING WET, COLD, TIRED AND MISERABLE. LOSING MY FRIENDS IN AN OPERATION THERE IS ALWAYS DIFFICULT AND UNFORTUNATELY I HAVE LOST 2 OF MY FRIENDS BECAUSE IT WAS A BIG THING TO MY LIFE TO BARE EMOTIONALLY AND NOT A DAY GOES PAST WITHOUT ME THINKING ABOUT THEM THAT IS PROBABLY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT THE ARMY I HAD TO DEAL WITH.”
Q. WHAT DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU SAW YOUR FRIENDS INJURED
A. “IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH BECAUSE IT IS NOT SOMETHING TO EXPERIENCE CERTAINLY THE FIRST TIME MY FIRST FRIEND WAS KILLED IN 2004. I WAS ONLY 25 AT THE TIME SO I HAD TO DEAL WITH IT ANYWAY I COULD AND ALONG THE SIDE OF HIM BEING KILLED THERE WERE ALSO A LOT INJURED AND IT MAKES YOU ANGRY AND SCARED AND IT MAKES YOU FEEL GUILTY AND YOUR TRYING TO HELP AND THERE IS NOT A LOT THAT YOU CAN REALY DO IN THIS SITUATION WHICH IS QUITE DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH SO IT IS A VERY HARD TIME NOT ONLY FOR NOT ONLY FOR THERE FAMILES BUT ALSO THEIR FRIENDS ASWELL.”
BY JORDAN AND EUAN
Mr. Hart Interview Transcript
David Hart is a former soldier who was injured in Afghanistan in 2204. Today, he has accomplished a lot for charity and retrained as a teacher – we are now lucky enough to have him teaching us history at THS. Here, he answers some questions about his experiences.
Q. When did you join the army?
A. I joined the cadets when I was at school, then I joined the royal marines at college and I went to the Territorial Army in 1995.
Q. What was your role in the army?
A. I was part of the part time army also known as the TA (Territorial Army).
Q. How long was your training?
A. My training was about 6 months spread out through weekends. I would train one day a week, then eventually I went away for 2 weeks where I got tested on everything.
Q. What weapon did u use?
A. I used from handguns up - one of my favourite weapons was the S80.
Q. How many people did u train with?
A. Eight or nine people at a time.
Q. Do u still keep in contact with your friends?
A. Yes I still keep in contact.
Q. What age did u start your training?
A. I had just turned 17.
Q. What was your role when u were in Afghan?
A. I was a peace keeper so I protected schools and supported the army.
What can u do in school to prepare u for the army?
You can prepare for it by just working hard at school, building teamwork and developing leadership skills.