Bath dustman back in training to fulfil his marine dream
He's used to hard graft.
But dustman Jaimie Travers is throwing himself into a whole new physical challenge.
The 28-year-old, of Peasedown St John, a refuse collector for Bath and North East Somerset Council, started training to be a Royal Marine as a teenager.
But he never completed the programme and now he is catching up in his spare time.
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He has joined the Bristol-based Royal Marines Reserve and, after 18 months' hard graft, is now one step away from earning the famous green beret of a Royal Marines Commando.
Jaimie and the rest of the 2010 intake from Bristol have been busy completing their phase two training at the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre at Lympstone, near Exeter.
After tough weekends of physical training, all-night exercises and work on military skills, one hurdle remains – the final commando test, including a nine-mile speed march, a Tarzan assault course and, at the end, a 30-mile yomp across Dartmoor, all carrying full fighting kit.
Jaimie, who plays rugby for Midsomer Norton, initially joined the Marines after leaving Writhlington School at 16.
"I didn't complete my training, which bugged me, so I just had to go back and finish the job," he said.
He admits it has been hard balancing his work and family life with wife Vicky and two young children with the commitment required of a potential Marine.
"It means trying to do the extra physical training I need either before breakfast or during my lunch hour. It also isn't always easy on a Friday afternoon following a full week at work to find the motivation for another weekend of commando training.
"But we do it. Sometimes, it's not too enjoyable. But always there is a real sense of achievement afterwards."
The Bristol RMR unit is looking for more recruits and plans a presentation in the city on July 4.
Recruits are paid for the days they spend training and go on to specialise in roles such as sniper, reconnaissance operator, landing craftsman or weapons specialist.
For more information about RMR Bristol, email email@example.com or call 0117 973 3523.