“I wanted to gain some experience and climb the ranks. I think that was the best thing I could have done.”
OCdt Tucker said that her RBR service had helped her develop skills that were useful in civilian life.
“I’ve always been a disciplined person, but it helps you a lot more. I think before I speak.
“Before, I would be quick to react. Now I observe more and I’m more reserved in my judgments. I think more before I speak or act.”
OCdt Fox, the Student Bandmaster in the RBR Band & Corps of Drums, said the experience was a world away from music and his other Regiment role as a specialist in humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
The seven-year veteran, 33, a full-time soldier from Warwick, said: “The training exercises were what I expected. Getting adjusted to the temperature was tough, but once I settled in, I enjoyed every minute of every exercise.”
OCdt Fox added that strict Covid-19 rules were enforced for the first two weeks, but the intake, which included troops from the Cayman Islands and Turks & Caicos, also UK Overseas Territories, were allowed to operate as full platoons as soon as possible.
He said: “The section attacks and the platoon attacks were the most useful for me – it was the first time I had done conventional warfare since I was in Recruit Camp, so it was good experience.”
OCdt Fox added: “The best experience was pulling information from the permanent staff – they had a wealth of knowledge and a lot of tours.
“They had a lot of stories about how they dealt with their troops and how we could better serve soldiers under our command. It showed me what I need to be a good leader.
“It helped me look inside myself and see what I need to fix or improve so I can better serve my troops.”
OCdt Fox said: “Another highlight was making connections with the other Overseas Territories. Hopefully, we can work together in the future.”
He added: “Sandhurst really shows how close knit the Army is – the Company Sergeant Major did the advanced drill training course with the RBR’s Regimental Sergeant Major, so he looked out for us.”
OCdt Fox said: “I’ve grown tremendously because of it and it’s made me want to help others in any way I can. It’s been very rewarding and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to go on the course and to be part of the Regiment.”
The will be confirmed as 2nd Lieutenants if they are successful at the Commissioning and Promotions Board and their appointment are confirmed by Governor John Rankin, the Commander-in-Chief of the RBR.