Army girl Becky Jenner keeps up the family tradition by entering the services (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Army girl Becky Jenner keeps up the family tradition by entering the services
7:00am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
A YOUNG woman from Tenbury is following a family tradition of going in the services.
Becky Jenner has become an of ficer at the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
The family moved to Tenbury in 1999 and Rebecca attended Tenbury Primary and High School.
Becky’s great granddad received a bravery award in the First World War and her granddad David was in the Navy.
Her other grandad Tony Penn, a Tenbury councillor, had been commissioned as an officer in the Royal Engineers while doing his national service and her mother served in the University Of ficers Training Corps while at Liverpool University.
But the army was not on Becky’s career list when she left school and went to sixth form colle ge in Worcester only to drop out to take a job as a sales assistant with Staples and Republic.
But when Becky went with a friend to an Army Careers Of fice, she was told that with her scholastic achievement she had officer potential.
She was told they had a scheme which involved two years at a special college, three years at university, one year at Sandhurst and then three years in the Army.
It was suggested she put her name forward for the Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College where she won a place. Next came a three-year stint involving the University DTUS (Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme) where the Army helped with a g rant of £4,000 a year.
At the University of Northumbria she gained a 2:1 BSc(Hons) in construction management.
After this came a year at Sandhurst.
Training was hard for a girl only 5ft tall, with lots of tabbing (cross country runs) involving heavy weights of up to 40kg, and the usual assault courses and bayonet training.
Becky is about to start a 14-week young of ficers course at Deepcut Barracks and after that she expects to be posted to 4 Logistics Supply Regiment at Abingdon in January 2014.
There she hopes to qualify as an ammunition technician officer and follow this with a posting to Afghanistan.
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