Rebecca Harding Interview - Audio Transcript

Every day there was something new to learn and every day felt like a challenge. There was a challenge put to you that you need to respond to. And I really enjoyed that, I was at a point where I really needed that and really wanted that. So I think I really appreciated that aspect of the recruit training. It was quite a lot of work, quite heavy on the study aspect as well and it had been a long time since I’d done that so that was difficult initially, but I think you just sort of get in the groove.

There was one particular drill that I found really challenging where we had to, in our BA, go under a concrete slab and the space was so small that the top of the BA was scraping on the top of the slab. Crawling with my stomach on the ground, going over rocks trying to pull myself forward and I had that moment of ‘I can’t do this, it’s too small, it’s too tight’ and I started coming out. My recruit trainer said to me, ‘there’s someone in there who needs your help. You need to do this, you need to go in there and you need to get that person out.’ And I did in the end. That was a very big challenge for me and something that I felt really proud that I was able to overcome. That was probably my biggest challenge in the recruit training.