From The Rifles to life at SGN

26 Jun 2024
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A young man in army fatigues with the logo for Military at SGN

It’s Armed Forces Week and all week we’re hearing from former services personnel who have joined us as part of their transition to civilian life. Jamie works in our credit control department and splits his time between our Horley head office and our Poole depot. 

I was a serving member of The Rifles regiment, joining in my early 20s and leaving in December 2018. I saw many changes during my time in the Army and I was lucky to travel to many different parts of the world delivering training to NATO soldiers. I also spent a good amount of time on the Regimental boxing team and helped to train other soldiers for intercompany boxing bouts. 

I first joined 4th Battalion The Rifles based in Salisbury then later Aldershot, before finishing the last six months of my service at 3rd Battalion The Rifles based in Edinburgh. After leaving the Armed Forces, I spent a number of years working as a Prison Officer in HMP Winchester before joining SGN as a Network Construction Operative (NCO1) and then moving into credit control. 

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A large group of young men in army fatigues holding guns next to a lake

In my spare time, I work as an instructor at a local gym teaching Box sessions, Workouts of the Day and body weight classes. I have also recently qualified as a Hyrox instructor and I will be teaching Hyrox classes from July. 

I take part in various different charity events throughout the year, with this year’s being a Plane Pull in August raising money for Blesma, a Military Charity for Limbless Veterans. I’m also taking part in a Hyrox race which I’m doing with my fiancé in November. We’re raising money for the Rifles Regiment Charity – Just Rifles – who helped me through rehabilitation following an injury that I suffered following a fire. 

As part of Armed Forces Day celebrations, I’ve put together a ‘Battle PT’ session that will be taking place at Branksome Dene Chime beach on Sunday 30 June from 8.30am, with all money raised by donation going to Blesma.