A Cornish student who was told he would never make it in the forces has landed his dream job as a tank driver.
Eighteen-year-old Connor Mason from St Austell, was delighted when he was told he had qualified as a tank crewman in the Royal Armoured Corps.
“I feel so good to finally get in to the Army as I feel like I’ve reached my goal. I wanted to be a tank driver since I was seven years old, so it’s taken years and has been a challenge,” Connor explained.
“When I was 11, I hurt my back and went to the doctors and, although my back has not pained me since, this was on my record as constant pain and I was rejected from the Army on medical grounds.
“I appealed this and had to prove nothing was wrong. I then went to the assessment centre and achieved an above average score, so I start on the 17th April,” explained Connor.
Connor, who is studying at The Military Academy and Public Services course at Cornwall College Camborne, said it was a trip to RAF Cosford museum that sparked his love of tanks.
“When I saw the tanks I knew that was what I wanted to do,” he explained.
“The Military Academy course has kept my fitness up to date and taught me more about the army and uniformed services. It’s given me the skills to take forward into the army with confidence especially my map and navigation skills.”
Claire Reynolds, Lecturer on the Military Academy Course said the College was “really proud of Connor and his determination to overcome and appeal the rejection”.
“It is fantastic that students in Cornwall are benefiting from the high quality Military and Public Services courses on offer at The Cornwall College Group, all taught by ex-services personnel with hands-on experience.”
Another student studying at The Cornwall College Group, landing their dream military job recently.
Nineteen-year-old Helen Fewings from Dawlish, Devon, has become an Army dog handler having studied Animal Care and Military Academy at Bicton College in Devon.
For more information on the range of Military Academy and Public Services courses available across The Cornwall College Group visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or call 0845 22 32 567.