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Signing up helped Darlington man turn his life around
5:03pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
A NORTH-EAST man has told how he has turned his life around since joining Britain’s reserve Army.
Private Colin Smith, 29, from Darlington joined the Territorial Army (TA) last December after losing his job at Jessops when the company went into administration.
He has since lost four-and-a-half-stone in weight, and is now a fully qualified military chef.
Pte Smith said: “Before I joined I was 18 stone and I needed to lose weight, I thought that joining the military would help me achieve that and give me a skill and a trade.
“I saw that the TA was advertising last year and thought that I may as well give it a go, I applied online, came in for an interview and then went from there.”
He added: “My family and friends were surprised because I hadn’t done anything like this in the past, but they’re all supportive and proud of me.”
Pte Smith, of Bank Top, in Darlington passed his trade training in September this year.
This included learning how to cook for soldiers in the field using dustbin lids and ammo tins.
He added: “I’m looking forward to learning more about my trade and seeing the world, we’ve been to the Lake District this summer and I’m hoping to go to Italy.
“I would recommend the TA to anyone; it’s just about taking the first step.”
The TA is recruiting and will have an open day on October 19 at Bradford Armoury, in Neasham Road, Darlington between 10am and 4pm.
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