It’s the Navy life for Zoe

Zoe Manson. Crown copyright, photo by Dave Sherfield.
Zoe Manson. Crown copyright, photo by Dave Sherfield.

A NORTH Northumberland teenager was among the successful Royal Navy recruits on parade at HMS Raleigh recently to mark the end of basic training.

Trainee medical assistant Zoë Manson arrived at the Royal Navy training base in Cornwall in February this year.

The 18-year-old, a former pupil of Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School, said: “I wanted a worthwhile career and a job that varies day by day.

“As well as the prospect of helping people as a medical assistant, I thought the Royal Navy would give me the chance to travel and a career with good opportunities for promotion and prospects.”

During a 10-week course, Zoë has been given a thorough induction into the Royal Navy, learning skills that she will rely upon throughout her time in the service.

The course culminates with the passing-out-parade attended by families and friends.

Zoë said: “Staying on board a decommissioned minesweeper, HMS Brecon, was one of the highlights of training.

“I also enjoyed going on the fast boats with our instructor and then being able to drive one of the smaller ones.

“All the team-building exercises have been great too.

“Overall training has been very hard work, but also extremely rewarding and enjoyable.”

With the first phase of her training complete, Zoë’s next port of call is the Defence Medical Services Training Group in Aldershot.

There she will undergo a 20-week course to learn first aid, environmental and preventative medicine, anatomy and physiology, administration and pharmacy.

On completion of the course she will be awarded the distinctive red Geneva cross.

Details of career opportunities within the Royal Navy are available online at or by calling the Recruitment Line on 08456 07 55 55.