Born and raised in East Anglia, Soldier X joined the Army at 16, joining a Rifle Company initially before later moving to the coveted Reconnaissance platoon.
After a number of years’ service, Soldier X (now a Lance Corporal) decided that the Army was no longer what he wanted. “I was frustrated”, he explains; “I felt that I wasn’t moving forward or learning things at a pace I wanted to”. Soldier X left the Army in 2015 with plans to start university.
But the story does not end there.
After three years his plans had changed and, on reflection, he realised that what he probably needed was simply time to recharge after a busy, operationally focused period.