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Ards teenager enjoys a slice of Army life

Newtownards teenager Glenda Gowdy (pictured, left) recently took part in a week of work experience with a difference.

The Army Recruiting Team in Northern Ireland runs regular work experience programmes for teenagers from all walks of life who are interested in an alternative to the more traditional office based work experience.

Sergeant David Pulford from the Army recruiting team said: “The week of work experience, or WEX as we call it, is a practical and fun way to give young people an insight into the Army way of life. Essentially we give them a slice of basic Army training, with a strong emphasis on teamwork, self-discipline and leadership.

"These are skills that can be transferred to any career they may eventually decide to follow. Our aim is to explain the reality of a soldier’s life, show the attendees what we do and dispel any myths. In return, they get a one of a kind experience.”

Eighteen-year-old Glenda was one of a number of teenagers who took part in a jam-packed schedule, which included a 6am wake-up call every day, after which she was put through her paces with activities such as an obstacle course, clay pigeon shooting, and paintballing.

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