A former Telford College student has achieved his dream of joining the Royal Marines – considered the toughest and most gruelling branch of the British armed forces.
Cameron Gordon, 20, from Lawley, studied level three Public Uniformed Services Level at the college before beginning his application to join the Marines.
The course combines physical and drill training with a mixture of practical and theoretical speakers, tackling the subjects of fitness testing, discipline, expedition skills and first aid.
“I really enjoyed the physical side of the course – the exercise and discipline. I’d always known this was the route I wanted to take, and my tutors were really supportive,” said Cameron.
“I wanted to join the marines because they’re the hardest and I wanted the challenge – to join the best of the best.”
Cameron began his application to join the marines after meeting visiting speakers from a host of public uniformed services throughout his college course.
After completing his application, he made it through to the interview stage. “They asked me loads of questions,” he said. “They took me through my history and my medical eligibility, and then there was the physical test, which I passed.”
Next, Cameron began his Potential Royal Marines Course – a four-day test designed to push delegates to their limits in a series of physically and mentally demanding challenges.
“We had to complete high ropes confidence tests and endurance courses with tunnels, swamps and hill sprints – it’s like they’re trying to test your limits and break you,” he said.
But Cameron wasn’t put off by the tough training sessions: “It woke me up, but I wasn’t put off at all – I feel confident and excited to get in.”
He has now begun his 32-week training programme, and is feeling positive. “My parents were both military and they’re really happy for me. I’m sure I’ll have good weeks and bad weeks, but I’m looking forward to the future.”
Archie Walkerdine, public uniformed services tutor at Telford College, said: “Cameron really enjoyed the physical aspect of the course and always gave 100% during his PT sessions.
“He also enjoyed the disciplined nature of the course, and this – along with his physical ability – will stand Cameron in good stead for what without doubt is going to be the biggest challenge of his life so far.
“Having said that, I am sure that Cameron will utilise the self-confidence, resilience and determination he has developed as a public uniformed services student at Telford College to be successful.
“I look forward to welcoming him back in the future as a fully trained Royal Marine.”