"The job is very challenging and provides a variety of opportunities for developing skills that could easily be transferred into civilian life."

Owen Larsen

Captain in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

My Experience as an Army Officer

Originally from South London, I was educated at Royal Russell School Croydon before studying for my Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Swansea University. Following my initial leadership training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst I completed the 6-month Military Systems Engineering Course and took up my appointment as a Power Pack Platoon Commander with 104 FS Bn REME in Bordon. I was in charge of a mobile power pack Platoon that replaced CV8 and CV12 tank engines in field conditions.

Role Progression & Responsibilities

After 4 years as an Officer I was promoted to Captain and was posted to Equipment Support Squadron Commando Logistic Regiment Royal Marines. I was 2nd in command of the Workshop managing a team of over 130 skilled and physically fit tradesmen. This was a highly demanding, but rewarding, responsibility – especially for someone in their mid-twenties. After this I then went on to take over command of my own workshop in The Royal Citadel Plymouth.

Training & Travel

In 2010 I spent a month in Canada for a major field exercise, where it was my job to ensure a battle group of over 100 armoured fighting vehicles could operate and fight constantly on the Canadian prairie.

As part of my development I’ve undertaken various courses including an 8-week All Arms Commando Course which involved building physical robustness, operating in severe conditions and learning vertical and amphibious assault tactics. I also deployed to Norway with the regiment to ensure that the workshop's cold weather capabilities of fixing vehicles in sub-zero temperatures was maintained. I was also given the opportunity to travel to Ascension, a volcanic island in the middle of the South Atlantic, for 2 weeks scuba diving with turtles and whale sharks.

Sports & Adventurous training

I have completed a number of sports courses ranging from British sub-aqua sports diver, mountain leader, kayak 2 star and a ski touring foundation as well as a triathlon coaching qualification which I use to teach novices to the discipline. I am an enthusiastic sportsman and have represented the REME at cross country and the Army at the inter-services surfing championships. I’m a keen tri-athlete and runner and took 20 members of my workshop to Switzerland to complete a half Ironman distance triathlon before subsequently taking them to the Welsh full Ironman triathlon in Tenby, Pembrokeshire.

Self-Improvement

The job is very challenging and provides a variety of opportunities for developing skills that could easily be transferred into civilian life. On completion of my current job as Officer Commanding of a Workshop I will be able to upgrade my Incorporated Engineer status with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers up to Chartered status.