Staff Sergeant Rebecca Thorn enlisted into the British Army in 1997 as a driver in The Royal Logistics Corps and completed her basic training at the Army Training Regiment Pirbright.
Over 19 years, SSgt Thorn served with distinction in locations around the world, including the UK, Germany, Oman, Cyprus, Poland and Canada. She also completed operational tours in Bosnia and Kosovo. Unfortunately, in 2016 she was discharged with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Her final posting was to 159 Regiment RLC as a Motor Transport Warrant Officer.
Having spent the majority of her adult life in the Armed Forces, leaving the military was daunting and was made all the more difficult by the medical symptoms which had forced her to leave the Army. However, her transition was eased by the Wounded, Injured and Sick placement programme at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), delivered in partnership with Mission Motorsport.
Rebecca participated in two work placements; one with International Programme Management and another with Material Planning and Logistics. The former gave her an insight into central and plan logistics operations and the latter an understanding of Powertrain programme management.
Both experiences lasted for three weeks and Rebecca found them wholly worthwhile, saying: “The placements were hugely beneficial to me and provided invaluable experience in a fast-paced, highly professional automotive environment with a prestigious employer. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Mission Motorsport, Jaguar
Land Rover and everyone associated with the work placements, their support and guidance continually put me at ease and the professional attitude and humour shown made the whole experience both enjoyable and rewarding.”
Even though Rebecca did not take employment with JLR she has maintained strong ties with the company and she is now the HM Forces Coordinator for recruitment business Pertemps, who were recently awarded the Gold Award through the Armed Forces Recognition Scheme.
Rebecca said: “I fully understand what it is like to leave the Armed Forces after a lengthy service, so to be able to now assist other service leavers, the Wounded, Injured, Sick and veterans into employment is truly satisfying.”