Recruit Vaughan

Recruit Vaughan

Recruit Vaughan

My name is Andrew Vaughan, I am 25 years old and this is my story so far. I am undertaking Phase 1 training at ATR Winchester where I hope to go on to join the Royal Artillery.

I’ve had a taste of Army life before because I previous applied to join the TA when I was 18. I completed the Army Development and Selection Centre (ADSC) after a year of waiting but unfortunately had to leave to go to University. It is something I regret now and I do wonder what would have happened had I stayed. As they say though, everything happens for a reason.

Fast forward seven years, a lot of life experience and a varied career including as an Accounts Assistant and a Recruitment Consultant. Good money, but not what I wanted to do. I wanted a job which was varied, where I get to make a difference and have adventures along the way.

Finally I made the decision. I was going to become a soldier.

Follow Recruit Vaughan’s journey on this page

Watch this video of Andrew talking about joining the Army

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46 thoughts on “Recruit Vaughan

  1. sylviasturrock says:

    Andrew, sending you lots of luck for your Phase1 at Catterick, its really tough and the PT is far tougher than my son could have ever imagined but hes in week 11 now and enjoying every second, but the rewards are amazing, your account of all the stages of trying to get in are well described but for every 1 that gets in 12 get turned down so you should be really chuffed, look forward to more posts between sit ups and ironing! Regards SS


  2. carol says:

    Good luck all you can do is your best can’t wait to read more i wish i had stuck the cadets out i might of been in the army but never mind try to enjoy and learn stay strong and positive


  3. Martin says:

    Good luck on your phase 1 training. Seems life has changed a lot since I served.
    The Royal Artillery are an amazing Regiment. I miss my days being part of gunners family. 14Regt RA. Good days.

    Enjoy Catterick and all that follows.


  4. Mary Francis says:

    Andrew I am really enjoying your blog, my son has been in the army now for nearly 8 years and your story brings back lots of memories of his 28 weeks basic training up in Catterick, especially as he joined when he was your age after working as an electrician for years He is a Lance Sargeant in the Irish Guards now and has OSM for Iraq and Afghanistan and doing really well out in Cyrus at present of OP Tosca. Wishing you all the very best in your training and look forward to reading the next installment.


  5. Scarlett Vazquez-Mays says:

    Hello Recruit Vaughan!
    I am so memorized by your journey thus far. It sounds amazing, and quite an amount of dedication. I can’t wait to hear more about your training.
    I am an American college student currently living in the state of California, and had come across your story, so inspirational I must say! Keep of the good work, I’m rooting for you (:


  6. Lee Hammonds says:

    Hi I’m interested in joining the army in artillery raf as been interested in a while an I’m lee Hammonds aged 25. If you could get in contact with me or send me information via post or email many thanks lee Hammonds


  7. Max says:

    This is great stuff to read while considering the Army myself. 23 and the current job environment for people with no degree and no expertise outside pub work is awful. I’d rather follow some of the military history my family has and do something worthwhile than be treated like unwanted baggage. Knowing that there’s people around my age there putting up approachable records like this is a great thing, so cheers for that as well!

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  8. Rachael says:

    I love your blog. I’m about to start Basic Training where I hope to join the Royal Artillery, and your blog has given me a great insight of Basic Training 🙂


  9. Ben says:

    I have my interview for the army soon and just wanted to get a better, more personal opinion of it. It sounds tough but I’m really looking forward to joining the army (if I pass the interviews!) Thanks for taking the time to do this blog, Recruit Vaughan- it’s much appreciated as it gives me a heads up! Keep up the good work and I look forward to your upcoming entries. Cheers!


  10. Luke Parrish says:

    Good luck buddy! I’ve actually just started Phase 2 now in the AAC so I know basic can be hard mate. Keep up the good work and good luck!


  11. ash says:

    great blog Vaughn, i wish i stayed in at 16 but it wasnt meant to be also alot has happened in the last 12years. well im 28 now and it is time i did something with my life, and i am currently in the joining process. so hopefully next year i will be in basic preparing to join the Parachute Regiment (1 para hopefully). i wish you all the best in your career in the RA.. enjoy..



  12. neil senders says:

    i have my start date in February and iv been following your blog to get as much insight as possible but you should have finished basic training now can you please put up your final blog and i hope everything went OK with your pass out parade.


  13. cglet says:

    ive loved following your journey from the start seing as im following the journey myself it has been great to get a decent insight with some candor it has been something to look forward to


  14. stefan banks says:

    well that was well worth the read,am joining asoon as i finshed in scotland hopefully,its sounds brillant bin training alot and your diary helped so much thank you and good luck in the future


  15. LiamMcNeill says:

    Fantastic read, great insight into phase one training. I’m 21 and currently working on my fitness in the hopes of being able to join up and by the sounds of it I have a long way to go before im ready. Best of luck your story has been a real inspiration


  16. Jack says:

    Good stuff, all the best to you on your journey! I myself am 20 years old and start my 28 weeks training at Catterick this July. I’m expecting to be challenged both physically and mentally and I’m sure it will take a lot of will power but I think I am now ready for this next chapter in my life.
    Reading your story has gave me great confidence which I will take with me into my career.
    Thank you!


  17. Trizelle Carlajay Morgan says:

    Even though am not in the army as yet, this story is an amazing story, .motivates me a lot! Have applied to the British army , but am in wanting…. Good story I love it👍


  18. jamie says:

    Hi my name is Jamie and I’m 15. Army has always been a great passion of mine but not the raf or engineering, its always been on the front line as an infantry soldier. I’m just wondering when I can start to train as a full time recruit. Cheers


  19. Kevin Mends says:

    Hello my name is Kevin and I’m 18. Army has been my great passion and hope to be in the recruit as it has been my set goal and I’m willing to achieve no matter what it takes for me to be in the Army….


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