A GROUP of college students were put through their paces by an army sergeant.
Sergeant Andrew Brown, an Army careers advisor for Teesside and County Durham, spent a day with students from East Durham College’s uniformed public services course.
The 18 first-year level 3 subsidiary diploma students were given a “brain workout” and took part in the KIMs (Keep In Memory) game.
The memory test is an important part of Army selection as soldiers and other forces personnel need the ability to pass on information accurately, which could save lives.
Sgt Brown, who has more than 21 years’ service with the Army and the Royal Logistics Corps and recently served in Afghanistan, helped the students learn about the importance of memory and observation and showed them ways to help improve these vital skills.
He said: “KIMs game is a tried and test technique used in the armed forces and intelligence services.
“The game develops a person’s capacity to observe and remember details.
“As you can imagine it’s important in the armed services that you can retain observed information in your head despite the passage of time and what could be major distractions and trauma before you can report back the information.”
Gill Draper, the college’s lecturer in uniformed public services, said: “Any role in the uniformed public services will require elements of observing, indentifying, recalling and reporting, so these really are essential skills the students must hone to be successful in any uniformed services career.”