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Tameside physio secures prized armed forces role

A mother-of-two from Greater Manchester has beaten off stiff competition to be recruited to the British Army as a physiotherapist.

Julie-Ann Peart, who works as a physio at Tameside Hospital in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, was among 600 applicants for between two and four army physiotherapist roles, and one of around 90 candidates who went before an army officer selection board before she was taken on.

Mrs Peart will begin her 10-week basic training at Sandhurst in October, and expects to be made a captain once her initial training is complete.

Coming from a military family, she said she had wanted to join the regular army for some time, and had been a member of the Territorial Army for 13 years.

‘My dad was a major in the medical corps, both my brothers are in the army, and my husband was in the army, so it’s something I know plenty about.’

Mrs Peart, who expects to be posted to a military rehabilitation unit in the UK following her initial training, said she might be moved to a British army base in Europe, or possibly to Afghanistan.

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Graham Clews

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3 July 2013

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