I went straight into Officer Training, which was hard work.
It was hard work intellectually, emotionally, physically.
Did about 18 weeks there, and then I started
a flying training process, which involved flying
smaller, simpler, slower airplanes to start with,
and slowly building up over about three years
on to single seat fighters.
Pretty much every day was hard work.
Every day, you wondered
whether you'd make it to the next day.
But at the same time, your confidence was growing
and you were surrounded by people in the same boat,
so you made some great friends and it was overall,
with the benefit of hindsight, an excellent experience.
But four years of exceptionally hard work.
The good thing about the work was that
you wanted to get up in the morning and do it every day
because it was a dream come true.