I had an absolute fantastic experience during my 12 years service, travelling across the globe in varying roles and posts; from Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), in war and peace, to teaching new recruits to become trained soldiers.
I gained an exceptional amount of skills, education and experience, especially in management and leadership, constantly promoting ahead of my peer group, sitting in the top 10% of soldiers.
The best part about my career was leading my team and seeing them develop overtime, in turn promoting and doing well within their career; true job satisfaction! Coupled with this, I was an instructor in a multitude of adventurous training, such as; skiing, diving, kayaking, mountain biking and mountaineering. Paying nothing or very little due to it being subsidised substantially.
The hardest part was the considerable time spent away from family and the forever changing commitments, with little warning.
Educational development and experience.
Last minute loss of family and personal time.