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Year 12 student receives Army Scholarship

Congratulations to Michael Channell (Year 12). Read about his experience below.

In Autumn 2010 two soldiers from the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment came to Collingwood and gave a presentation about the Army and what they do. I knew about Army Scholarships and asked how I might apply for one.

Following that conversation I was put in contact with an Army Careers Advisor who arranged an interview for me with a Recruiting Officer. We discussed my interests and hobbies while he assessed my suitability to progress through to Selection. I had to complete a medical questionnaire that went through my GP to ensure I was medically fit for potentially joining the Army.

What followed was an hour long final interview with another Recruiting Officer, where I had to talk about more than just my interests and hobbies but also current affairs, both within the UK and overseas, as well as my reasons for wanting to join the Army.

I was successful in that interview and I was invited to spend a day with the Recruiting Officer so he could prepare me and other candidates for the Army Officer Selection Board in April. This was a two-day selection process at Westbury, where all potential Officers go before receiving a place at Sandhurst. While there, we underwent many mental and physical tests such as written essays, obstacle courses and team-based challenges.

As an Army Scholar I now look forward to adventurous training in the summer with activities such as mountaineering and sailing and will receive a bursary through Sixth Form and University with a place at Sandhurst for me when I finish.

Michael Channell - Year 12

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