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           ( we grow despite of it all)

On the 22nd of june 1990 I woke up checked my bags and headed for the station. Today was the first day of the rest of my life.
  I had passed my medical and physical accepted the Queens shilling and was heading too ATR (Army Training Regiment) Pirbright. Recruite Fothering ham Guards division,to turn this boy into a well teained fit member of Her Majesties Armed Forces.
  A 4+ hr Train Journey from Edinburgh Too London,through london and onto Surrey.
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And then the Pleasure and Torture begins. Stripping of all Civillian traites and building of indavidual and team values that will save your life.
            14 weeks of being pushed,insulted,trained,run into the ground and constantly learning and marching.
  This was awesome I loved it eaven the bullying type behaviour used to break the Civillian attitude . Being able to turn negative into positive and my turmoil as a child this was easy. Onward and Upward step after step,trial after trial and picking up friends,awards and aclaim on the way.
  Having 70+ mates to fight your corner needed or not The Fozzy family exploded in number dailly.

  It wasnt all rosey I had times where it all got on top of me and I felt like giving up.
  But thanks tp my tormentors from my childhood this wasnt going to happen(EVER).
  Not even Meningitis on the 14 wk could derail my aytempt . It mearly changed the route and delayed the arrival.
  I was called all sorts of names (none new) pushed harder than ever,doubted by many,told by peers to give up pushed to snapping point by training officers dailly.
  But I never faultered or doubted myself even after the Meningitis (again boubt 4 in my life) I drove on.
A 10+ year career in the armed forces earning my Para wings,Feild medicine and Royal Marine Green Beret.
  
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You have to strive every day to improve through life. Untill all avenues are followed  “No” is not an option.
  In life doubters and haters exist (fact) learning how to cope and utilise are (imperative)
Follow your dreams select your own path and only take possitives with you leave negativity behind..

I know these things are hard and people are different but I would say that hearts and blood are the same. And in someway Drive has to be used and found by all in some way.

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Comments
  1. grannyK says:

    Wonderful post. Thank you for sharing this 🙂

  2. Brian, Well said, well written. It all sounds very familiar to me. –College graduate & then in law school & drafted & sent to Vietnam, 1970, Military Police. Transitioned in & out & picked up my life where I left off. Fortunate. Phil from “Excuse Us…”

  3. Karen says:

    Excellent post! Thanks for sharing. ⭐

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