A Cornish student will soon be patrolling the skies having been accepted into the Royal Artillery as an Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) operator.
Only the best make it through the selection process, but Tasha St Leger, 18, who is on the Military Academy course at Cornwall College Camborne, passed with flying colours.
Tasha, formerly of Redruth School, earned a position in one of only two regiments in the British Army to work with UAS and said she can’t wait to start.
“I am very happy as it’s taken a long time to get here and I’m finally going,” she continued.
“I decided to join the Royal Artillery because it is the closest you can get as a female to being front line at the minute and I want to be very involved. I originally wanted to join as a light gunner but they changed my mind when I went up there and decided I wanted to fly UAS which are unmanned aircrafts.”
Tasha said she chose to fly drones as she sees the technology as the future and “it’s becoming increasingly important in warfare so that if I do want to be in the military for the next 20 years, I could still be in this field”.
Military Academy course manager Claire Reynolds, said Tasha’s achievement “shows just how far you can get if you put your mind to it”.
“She has worked so hard and we are delighted to see her achieve the success she so deserves. She is a credit to the College and I am sure she will continue to excel in the Army,” she continued.
Tasha also wanted to thank her tutors for their ongoing support.
“I chose the public services course because I gave me the skills I would need. I feel like this course has given me a lot more confidence speaking to military personnel, I had been working around them so much that when it came to my selection process it felt like I was just in my element,” she explained.
“The course puts you through similar activities that you will be doing though the selection process and puts you into leadership roles so that when you go through it you have a rough idea of what you’re doing and that really helps.”
For more information on the range of Military Academy and Public Services courses available across The Cornwall College Group visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or call 0845 22 32 567.