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Setting the Pace - Sgt Cally Pearson QARANC

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Sgt Cally Pearson joined the QARANC in 2005, joining as a Healthcare Assistant. Having completing a tour of Iraq and an overseas posting to Germany she later transferred to do her nursing diploma.On completion at Birmingham City University (BCU) she decided not to apply for commission and decided to pursue the instructor route where she gained qualifications in battle casualty drills training, weapons, range management, advanced drill and basic tactics, all of which are used regularly in Phase 2 training. She is currently serving as a Section Commander for Phase 1 Training at ATC Pirbright.

Early in 2015, ATC Pirbright put forward a pace sticking team to compete at the world championships at RMAS. Sgt Pearson was part of an only British female team. With most not having experienced such nerves in quite a few years having to get every single movement correct and within a certain amount of steps in both slow time and quick march was incredibly tough especially as the competition was against the 'professionals' including the Coldstream, Grenadier, Welsh and Irish Guards. Cally said that it was 'The taking part which counts and all in all it was a very enjoyable day.' Representing her regiment was great but representing the Corps was a huge achievement at such a male and guard dominant competition and she looks forward to practicing again for 2016.

Sgt Cally Pearson QARANC

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