An Army life for MP’s girl

Bethannie Whittaker, joins the Royal Army Medical Corps, with, from the left, sergeant Jonathan Heron, mum Alison Whittaker and dad MP Craig Whittaker.
Bethannie Whittaker, joins the Royal Army Medical Corps, with, from the left, sergeant Jonathan Heron, mum Alison Whittaker and dad MP Craig Whittaker.

CALDER High School student Bethannie Whittaker fulfilled a dream when she joined the Army.

The 16-year-old daughter of Calder Valley Tory MP Craig Whittaker and Alison Porter-Cross signed-up at the Halifax Army Careers Office as a combat medical technician in the Royal Army Medical Corps.

She will now attend the Army Technical Foundation College in Winchester for 23 weeks’ training and her future career will see her deployed to trouble-spots across the world supporting front-line troops.

“I’ve always wanted to do something medical and the Army really appealed to me. I’m looking forward to training and meeting new people,” she said.

Bethannie said in the longer-term she would like to be part of specialist teams sent around the world to help when natural disasters strike.

Her mum said she felt proud Bethannie would be doing what she wanted but as a mum she would no doubt have worrying times ahead.

Her dad is a member of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme which informs MPs about the role and challenges facing the Armed Forces.

He said Bethannie had fully researched her career.

“I’m incredibly proud of what the forces do and Bethannie knows full well what she is getting into.

“She is a wonderful lass and I’m sure she will serve Queen and country well.”

Halifax-born Army recruiting Sgt Jonathan Heron said Bethannie was the fourth recruit this month from Calderdale and the Army remained a popular option offering 140 jobs and excellent training opportunities.