Reservist urges young people to join TA
9:28am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
RYAN Murphy was unsure what to do with the rest of his life when he left Bolton Sixth Form.
But now the 20-year-old has a bright future ahead of him after he joined his local Territorial Army unit.
Over the last 18 months he has been to the Falkland Islands, was part of the Olympic Security Team and most recently was live firing artillery guns on Hohne ranges in northern Germany.
Mr Murphy was with more than 100 soldiers from 103rd Regiment Royal Artillery taking part in Exercise Leopard Star, the annual deployment camp for the Regiment, part of which was to man two gun positions each set up with three 105mm light guns.
He said: “I am currently unemployed but I am working on a contract with the Regimental Recruiting team.
“Being in Germany is great as we get to fire the guns and living in the field is good practice for my promotion course that I am doing 10 days after we get back.”
Mr Murphy is now working extra days on an additional duties contract — and believes it is preparing him well for the future.
He said: “You get to see parts of the world that you might not see and you get paid for it.
“I have also made lots of friends since I have joined. I suppose you get the best of both worlds — civilian and army. My family is supportive, which helps a lot.”
And he has enjoyed life in the TA so much he is now hoping to embark on a career with the Army.
As part of his role within the Army, Army 2020 and Future Reserves 2020, his regiment is training hard to ensure that the soldiers are fit and militarily competent to take their place on contingency operations.
Under Army 2020 103rd Regiment Royal Artillery will be ‘paired’ with 4th Regiment Royal Artillery, with whom they already have a strong training relationship.
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