Germany

Last Army Education Centre In Germany To Close Ahead Of Troops' Withdrawal

Soldiers and their families have taken courses at Army education centres in the country since 1947.

The very last Army Education Centre in Germany, Paderborn’s 41 AEC, is about to close.

To mark its departure this summer, a series of special events are being held.

Soldiers and their families have taken courses at Army education centres in the country since 1947.

Paderborn 41 AEC Germany
A series of special events are being held to mark the departure of the last Army Education Centre in Germany.

A final bonding session was held for the remaining Army Educational and Training Service staff at Mohnesee lake. Major Caroline Constantine said:

"In a UK Education Centre, you go home to your own house and spread to the four winds.

"But in Germany, you’re living on the same estate. You are socialising with people you are seeing all the time.”

Paderborn 41 AEC Germany
Past and present members of the Army’s Educational and Training Service reunited for the commemorations.

The community education manager, Nicola Long, is an example of what has made Army Education Centres in Germany different.

They have had to cater for forces families often unable to take courses in the UK and employed many people who, like Nicola, are married to service personnel. She said:

“You’re working with people that you see in everyday life and living in Germany so it’s been really great to sort of help your friend get an educational qualification.