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Jonathan Davies - Commissioning OJ

Jonathan Davies (Star - 2104)

Commissioning OJ

With grateful thanks to Edward Davies (Crescent - 2013), Jonathan’s brother, who has supplied us with this article.

“Jonathan joined Star house in September 2011 studying economics, maths, physics and biology.

During his time at the college a passion for flying was ignited after Jonathan joined the CCF and had the opportunity to fly with the RAF on several air experience flights. 

After leaving the college, a degree in economics and finance at Cardiff university beckoned and Jonathan joined the Welsh University Air Squadron at MOD St Athan to further pursue his passion for aviation. 

Following his graduation he decided his passion lay with rotary aviation and applied to Sandhurst with the intention to join the Army Air Corps (AAC) and fly Apache helicopters. 

After a successful application, Jonathan started his commissioning course in April 2021 and was also successful in being selected as an AAC pilot during the highly competitive Regimental selection board. 

However, nearing the end of the course, Jonathan suffered a series of major set backs including contracting pneumonia, COVID and a serve shoulder dislocation requiring surgery which saw him removed from training all within a matter of weeks. 

Dispute these set backs, Jonathan persisted through a year of rehab and personal challenges to return to course and commission into the AAC.

Watching Jonathan on this journey whilst overcoming significant injury and setbacks to pursue his dream career has been inspiring and serves as an important reminder of why you should pursue those big dreams, back yourself and ignore the nay-sayers. 

The whole family is extremely proud of him."

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