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A magic interview!

London Welsh have had some outstanding rugby players over the years and
that’s just the women’s squad!

The Women’s section are proud of their doctors, nurses, accountants, solicitors, police officers, teachers who have played over the years (and still do).  But every now and again one comes along with a bit of something extra, some real girl power, superb rugby, strength, agility and a lot of

Magic!

 

 

 

 

Now I have probably embarrassed her already but what the heck. 

So few of us really know what its like to be in the Army so after a 15 mile run, a few hundred push ups Magic and I sat down in a mess tent to catch up about real life in the Army.

 

J - Can you tell us what the name of your regiment and company?

M - 4 Medical Regiment, 11 Squadran.

J - Do you have an official title? I am a Combat Medical Technician Class 1.

J - How long have you been in the Army?  Nearly 4 years.

J - What does your basic training involve?

M - First join type stuff. Lots of fitness and a lot of different skills, such as map reading,
field craft, drill, CBRN, first aid, section battle drills.

J - What is Afganistan like? Do you see much of the country and the people?

M - It's very hot and dusty. I worked in different places. Some of the places there were lots of locals around, mostly children, they always want you to give them something. Even though most of them don't speak English they know how to say ‘pen’, ‘chocolate’ and ‘sweet’. In the places that are closer to the Helmand river, it's a lot greener and there are plenty of Irrigation ditches to cross.

J - What is your main role out there?

M -  As a combat medical technician class 1, I deployed out first with the Calvary being mounted on vehicles, after a couple months, I then worked with the Infantry on foot patrols.
 

J - What was the best and worst part of being on tour?

M - The best part was meeting loads of new people and working alongside them. Worst bit was the dangers the dust and the heat when you have all you kit on.

J -  How did you keep fit out there and what would be a ‘normal’ and an on the job typical program?

M - Where I was based we had a gym and the equipment was well looked after, so I used the gym whenever I could. There isn't really a program. If you're not patrolling and all your admin is done, then time is your own. You have a brief every night to inform you of up and coming Ops that we will be doing.

J - What is the boy/girl ratio out there?

M - I was the only female with a Company, which was about 50/60 men.
 
J - So do you work 24/7 out there or do you get some down time?

M - When you are deployed out onto the ground, sometimes for days or even weeks, you are always working, if you're not working you're catching up on sleep. Your downtime is when you get back in to camp and you have done your admin, but sometimes you can get in and then be told you're going straight back out.
 
J - Are you able to throw a ball round and show the boys how to tackle?

M - Everyone I worked with seemed to be football fans, which was a bit annoying, so didn't really get a chance to have a throw about.
 
J - What do you eat?

M - When you're in camp, you have your normal cooked food 3 times a day. When you're out on Ops you eat rations. They're not so bad, but after a week or so of eating them, you start to dislike them. You can eat the rations cold as well to save time.
 
J - Do they have nice toilets?

M - When you're in camp they're not so bad, but when you're out you don't really have a toilet to sit on, you kind of find a well hidden place, we do have bags to go into for your number 2, which can be burnt, so really good for disposal. Being female did make it difficult sometimes, especially that lovely time of month.
 
J - Where’s next?

M - I have received my next posting. I'm off to Germany in Munster in February, then in the summer I move to Cyprus for 2 years. I am so excited to go and really looking forward to it. But sadly will miss playing for London Welsh as it's been amazing playing for such a great team and hopefully in the future will return weather to play or even support.

J - I believe you were awarded a medal recently, can you tell us a bit more about it?

M - The medal I received is the medal you get for serving in Afghanistan. If you spend more than 30 days out there you receive it. It also has your Military number, rank and name engraved on it so it's unique to each person.

 
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