Sarah Simons

Regimental approach is winning the battle for hearts and minds

How a college set up by a former Marine is turning school-leavers into disciplined military professionals

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At 16 years old, Huw Lewis wanted to join the Royal Marines. Focused on his mission, he set off from his parents’ house in North Wales for his army medical examination in Liverpool. Within 30 seconds of meeting the doctor, his dream was over, his application rejected because he had hay fever.

Unshaken, he got on the bus back home, taking a detour to the army careers office in Wrexham, where he applied again. This time he wasn’t quite so honest about his allergy on the medical form and was accepted straightaway. But there was one more problem. At 16, he needed parental consent and his parents ...

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