Captain Kinghorn joined the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) in 1991 when she was 18. None of her family had been in the army, but she wanted to do something different and it seemed to be an exciting life! She joined as a Private soldier as a vehicle mechanic and specialised in fixing tanks! There were hardly any girls working as mechanics when she first joined, in fact there were only 5 women in a Battalion of 500 men!!
Now of course they have far more females working as mechanics, armourers (fixing weapons), recovery mechanics (like the AA), aircraft technicians (working on helicopters) and technicians. As a REME soldier you move every two or three years to a different unit, that way you get to experience working on lots of different types of vehicles whether it is tanks, trucks, land rovers or motorbikes. You also get to see different parts of the world; Lyndsay has served all over the world in UK, Germany and Canada and deployed to Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, all as a mechanic.
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