Army Life

Men and women of the Regulars and Reserves give you the lowdown on their Army lives.


Teamwork, decision-making, strategic thinking, leadership, adventure. As an Officer in the Army Reserve you gain new skills, become better qualified and your world becomes bigger. Army Reserve Officers provide essential support to national defence, command soldiers in support of disaster relief, perform as leaders on overseas exercises and take on adventurous training activities in countries … Continue reading 365 DAYS POTENTIAL

Captain Mau Gris

Captain Mau Gris began this blog when he was team leader for the British Army’s Combat Camera Team (CCT) based in Afghanistan throughout the summer 2013 as part of 1st Mechanized Brigade on Op Herrick 18. He tells his Afghan story up until 27 September 13. Mau returned to the UK at the end of … Continue reading Captain Mau Gris

Sergeant Ian Forsyth

Hear from Sergeant Ian Forsyth, an Army Photographer with the Royal Logistic Corps.

Musician Emma Peacock

My name is Emma Peacock, I’m an Army musician and I play flute and piccolo in The Band and Bugles of The Rifles. I have been here a year and a half now, after completing Phase 1 training at ATR Pirbright and Phase 2 at The Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall.   30 May … Continue reading Musician Emma Peacock

LCpl Damian Dunphy

Lance Corporal Damian Dunphy is a trombonist with the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band (HC&C Band) based in Catterick, North Yorkshire. Prior to joining the HC&C Band on its formation in 2006 he was a member of the King’s Division Waterloo Band, and prior to that the Regimental Band of the Green Howards. Having served … Continue reading LCpl Damian Dunphy

Sergeant Ryan Veal

I am Sergeant Ryan Veal. I joined the Army in December 1999 and completed basic training at ATR Pirbright. This was followed by phase 2 of my training during which I was taught my primary trade as a Vehicle Mechanic B at SEME Bordon. Upon competition of training in Oct 2001, I was posted to … Continue reading Sergeant Ryan Veal

Musician Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is a musician in the Band of the Irish Guards based at Wellington Barracks in central London. The Irish Guards band is one of the five foot Guards’ bands that form the Household Division.

159 Supply Regiment RLC

As an Army Reserve Supply Regiment, 159 accounts for more than 1,000,000 items of stores, spares and equipment that the Army uses. Its main effort is to train its soldiers to deploy on operation where they work alongside soldiers from the Regular Army, including partner regiments in 102 Logistic Brigade; 6 Regiment RLC and 7 Regiment RLC. … Continue reading 159 Supply Regiment RLC

Monuments Men

It has been more than 70 years since the British Army last had the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives sections during the Second World War. Their job was to protect, stabilise and recover cultural property on the battlefields of North Africa, Italy and, after D-Day, across northern Europe. Lt Colonel Tim Purbrick, an Army Reservist … Continue reading Monuments Men

Being a Reservist Peacekeeper

Army Reservist Private Belinda Houghton (25) from Blackpool is an Army medic currently serving with the 4th Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment as part of the United Nations Forces in Cyprus (UNFICYP) mission.

Sergeant Steve Blake

Sergeant Steve Blake is a professional Army Photographer with the Royal Logistic Corps. A trained soldier, Steve has recently returned from a six-month tour of Afghanistan as part of the three-man Combat Camera Team (comprising a trained journalist, photographer and video cameraman).   The Afghanistan blogs  

Sergeant ‘Griff’ Griffiths

I am Sergeant Jonathan ‘Griff’ Griffiths, I have been in the REME for 14 years, during which I have been an Armourer and Metalsmith, completing two basic courses and two class one courses. I am currently training to become an Artificer* In October 1997 I arrived in Bordon for the first time to begin Metalsmith trade training.  I … Continue reading Sergeant ‘Griff’ Griffiths

Second Lieutenant Sam Westlake

Second Lieutenant Sam Westlake, a graduate from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst who commissioned into The Parachute Regiment, blogged his way through P Company, the gruelling training course for all entrants to The Parachute Regiment. His blogs are presented in chronological order according to date of publication.

Corps of Army Music (CAMUS)

Through music, Army Bands sustain and develop the moral component of fighting power and also support State Ceremonial events. Blogs from Army musicians appear in this section. Musicians Lance Corporal Daniel King Lance Corporal Damian Dunphy Musician Emma Peacock Musician Paul Johnson Single events Army Rock and Pop music mixes with Monster Trucks – Lance … Continue reading Corps of Army Music (CAMUS)