Military History with Pete and Gary

No.25

It goes without saying that sergeants and other NCOs are important.

They are the link between the enlisted and the commissioned and have the responsibility of advising and assisting junior officers. Typically, sergeants know the men better and often have greater tactical experience.

The utility of a good sergeant is not just needed on the battlefield. Often the best ensure that the next intake attain the standard required. In 1978, Gary caught the 11.42 from Waterloo to Brookwood and reported to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps Apprentice College in Deepcut, Surrey. Gary was faced with a rude awakening in those first weeks of basic training, none more so than at the hands of the magnificent Welshman that was his platoon sergeant, Albert Ackford.

The redoubtable NCO was godlike in stature and had a booming voice that could blast the whole drill square.

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