Soldier to Officer: Hayley Larcombe

Hayley Larcombe served in the British Army as a qualified nurse for nine years. After a successful career, including deployments to Afghanistan and Kenya, she decided to apply for a commission into the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps as an officer.

She was successful at the Army Officer Selection Board and has recently started the Professional Qualified Officers course at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst. For 11 weeks she will be in Dettingen Company, 47 Platoon.

This blog will follow her progress: week in week out.

 

  • Life After Sandhurst 9 March, 2017 - Captain Hayley Larcombe is a Nursing Officer in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. She is assigned to 4-Armoured Medical Regiment, as a Troop Commander. Exercise Racing Ice 3 I have been on the Army Skeleton Bobsleigh team for 5 years now and it truly is the most exhilarating and rewarding sport. I have … Continue reading Life After Sandhurst
  • Soldier to Officer: Final Weeks 11 January, 2017 - Hayley Larcombe served in the British Army as a qualified nurse for nine years. After a successful career, including deployments to Afghanistan and Kenya, she decided to apply for a commission into the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps as an officer. She was successful at the Army Officer Selection Board and has recently started … Continue reading Soldier to Officer: Final Weeks
  • Soldier to Officer: Weeks 7 & 8 12 December, 2016 -   We were all quite apprehensive about the beginning of Week 7, mostly because we knew it meant one thing, Exercise! Exercise Horrock’s Endeavour began on Tuesday and it was most certainly the biggest hurdle of the course so far. The first day was spent carrying out back-to-back section attacks, which were very tiring.We arrived … Continue reading Soldier to Officer: Weeks 7 & 8
  • Soldier to Officer: Week Six 22 November, 2016 - At the beginning of week 6 we received a brief, introducing us to the Tactical module of the course. This module covers training in tactics, leadership and doctrine, both in theory and in practice, with a focus on the section battle drills and the platoon combat estimate. On Tuesday we went out to the Barossa training … Continue reading Soldier to Officer: Week Six
  • Soldier to Officer: Week Five 18 November, 2016 -   We were very tired at the beginning of week 5 after completing Exercise Horrock’s Endeavor on Sunday. We were inspected on Monday lunchtime, showing that all of our exercise kit was clean. Needless to say, many of us found ourselves on show parade that evening! This week we have been to many Communication Information … Continue reading Soldier to Officer: Week Five
  • Soldier to Officer: Week Four 11 November, 2016 - Week 4 began with an introduction to the Command, Leadership and Management module. Being an effective leader is absolutely key in the art of command and contributes hugely to operational success. Here at RMAS we are being taught to combine leadership and management skills to become an effective commander. We were privileged enough to receive an inspirational talk this … Continue reading Soldier to Officer: Week Four
  • Soldier to Officer: Week Three 9 November, 2016 -   At the end of last week Dettingen Company deployed on Exercise Browning’s Beginning. 47 Platoon’s Colour Sergeant told the Company that he had ordered rain especially for us and funnily enough at 1010 the heavens opened and it poured with rain. We patrolled for about 5km to get to the training area. The purpose … Continue reading Soldier to Officer: Week Three
  • Soldier to Officer: Week Two 4 November, 2016 - We are now in the second week of the course and we are all shattered! Waking up at 0530 every morning is definitely taking its toll on us! We are still being inspected every morning at the moment. If an Officer Cadet is picked up for having a dirty room, dirty kit or failing to have … Continue reading Soldier to Officer: Week Two
  • Soldier to Officer: Week One 28 October, 2016 -   I once said to a colleague that, “You couldn’t pay me enough money to go back to basic training again!” Well, it is 0530 in the morning, I am ironing my bed and my Platoon and I are about to parade outside our bedroom doors to drink a bottle of water and sing the … Continue reading Soldier to Officer: Week One