Soldiering On Awards: These Finalists Talk Up Their Chances
Forces Media Academy, that retrains veterans for new careers, will be at the 2019 Soldiering On Awards.
Ross Gold and Jack Ward laughed as they mulled over their Soldiering On Awards acceptance speech, imagining how it might feel to win such an accolade that recognises outstanding achievement across the Armed Forces community.
The awards aim to honour the diverse people and groups supporting those who serve, with Ross and Jack among the list of nominees hoping to pick up a gong at this year’s ceremony.
While former Army dental nurse Jack encouraged his Forces Media Academy colleague to “squeeze a tear out” if he could, ex-airman Ross insisted:
“I don’t want to storm the stage like Jarvis Cocker at the BRITS. Shall we drop the mic at the end?”
In its second year of existence, the Forces Media Academy is nominated in the Education, Training and Development category at the 2019 Soldiering On ceremony.
Ross and Jack will be going up on stage to collect the award, should the FMA bring it home on Friday night.
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Both veterans have thoroughly embraced the digital media breaks they’ve been getting.
Ross, who spent 12 years in the RAF, added: “There’s a lot of creative people in the military.
“There’s a lot of people that would like to work in TV or radio, but how do you get into it?
“That was always my thought. How do you even begin?”
“It’s really just thanking the staff, and talking about the opportunities we’ve got.”
Jack joked about the pair of them streaking up and down the venue, loudly announcing: “WE DESERVE THIS!”
In all seriousness, the veteran from the Royal Army Dental Corps said:
“We want to keep it real. We want to just tell people our passions, why we’re there, what the FMA has done for us.”
“We’re specifically going to thank people like June [McMahon], and the [rest of] the staff at the FMA, because they’ve been unbelievably helpful through this whole experience.
“It’s probably the poshest event I’ll ever have been to.”
He added: “I don’t know what to expect, honestly. I’m a little bit nervous. I might have to have a drink or two before I pop up on stage.”
June MacMahon, Principal of Forces Media Academy, described being “absolutely over the moon” when she found out her training programme was nominated for an accolade that recognises excellence right across the Armed Forces community.
She added: “First of all, to be nominated is a huge, huge deal.
“But secondly, to be shortlisted with those other amazing groups and facilitators – really pleased.”
“I’ve worked in the media industry for many years, then moved into education, so I see both sides of the coin.
“I understand that, with support, veterans definitely have the skills, the attributes, the drive.
“They work hard – they have to; this is quite a challenging course – but they’re succeeding, so what more could I ask for?
“Wishing everyone at the Forces Media Academy good luck!”