YOUNG men from Wrexham were among the 160 teenagers selected to undertake a ‘Look at Life’ course.
They were specially invited to attend and many were students from Army Preparation Colleges from across Wales.
The one-day course run by the Army at its training camp in Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire, was designed as an introduction to life with the Army.
The students were invited to try their hand at camouflage techniques, learning how to conceal themselves in the field, and how to strip, clean and fire a rifle amongst other activities.
The students were also among the first to have a glimpse at the brand new Panther armoured reconnaissance vehicle which, at just a few weeks old, is designed as a light battlefield taxi and communications centre.
The Panther weighs in at 7.1 tonnes, comes with an overhead weapon system, and requires a special licence to drive.
Sgt Barry John from the Army Careers Information Office in Haverfordwest said: “This Look at Life course is a unique Royal Welsh experience. Courses like this not only give the lads a chance to sample Army life, they also provide them with important life skills like team-working, confidence and self-esteem.
“I’ve been very impressed with how the lads have tackled each challenge presented before them too. They have all picked up a few practical skills like survival techniques in the field, and learned about armoured fighting vehicles such as the new Panther and the flagship Warrior tank, that they wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to see.”
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