Matt's Army Recruitment Challenge

Saturday morning presenter Matt Munroe attended an Army Recruitment ‘Personal Development Assessment’ at the local barracks.

The first part of the PDA took place in a meeting room and Matt was briefed on his tasks for the day which comprised of a 1.5 mile run, problem solving tasks and team building exercises.

The second part of the PDA was held in a local park where all those that want to join the Army are put through a number of tasks to measure not just fitness, but areas where the Army think they need to train the candidates.

Task 1 was the Tire challenge where Matt and his team needed to put tires in a specific order but only moving them one at a time:


Communication was the entire basis of Task 2 where the team had supplies that were dropped in a minefield. The team weren’t allowed to enter the minefield but they needed their supplies:


The run was the final part of the PDA where candidates needed a specific time for the role that they were thinking of going into.

Overall, it was a great day and Matt said:

“I was actually quite surprised at how much it’s not about strength. The focus is more on how you are as a person and the skills you need not just for the Army, but for life – communication, team working and problem solving just to name a few. I really enjoyed it and wouldn’t mind being Captain Matt one day!”

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