Army life is “boring” and that’s why I was a terrible soldier, the new armed forces minister has admitted.
In a remarkably frank interview, the armed forces minister Mike Penning has confessed he got “very bored” serving in the Army and “hated” his previous job as a minister in the Department of Work and Pensions.
Mr Penning joined the Grenadier Guards as a 16-year-old and is one of the few recent defence ministers who can boast military service.
“I got very bored at times like most people that serve.”Armed forces minister Mike Penning
As a recruiting sergeant for the armed forces he now serves in a political capacity, he still has a lot to learn.
In an interview with Navy News, the official magazine of the Royal Navy, he said: “Was I a great soldier? No I wasn’t – one of the admirals said to me the other day, ‘you must have been a late developer, Sir’. I guess that is how my sergeant-major would have described me.
“That is brutally honest, but it is factually correct. I didn’t get substantive rank – I was acting L/Cpl twice – and I got very bored at times like most people that serve.
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