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Joining Up

  • Jonathon Percival
  • Interview by: Jess Boydon


Having gone from the early '70s

of long hair and flared trousers

to going into regimentation

of being called all names under the sun

and, at the time, because I was one of the oldest

in the intake I was given the nickname

of Captain Mainwaring.

So, but it was fun

and doing all the bits

of PT

every other day and learning to polish shoes

and go through inspections that,

if things didn't match up to scratch,

more often than not all your kit would be

thrown out the window, so you'd then have to start again.

Six weeks after we'd endured all the training,

we were then passed out from there

and let loose on the big, wide, world

of the RAF.

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