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Training Different From Reality

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Training Different From Reality

Pretty much everything that you are trained for in the army is exactly what we were doing at the first or the whole way through the tour so that’s why it doesn't really shock you because training takes over. It didn’t really shock me about the way we were living in the tents and stuff like that, our daily routine. I think the only thing really what shocked me was what I noticed was when we go through our training especially when I was in like when I was first coming in. They tried to shock your system and your stress levels by, you know, constantly yelling like when you are doing scenarios pretending to get mortared or artillery. They are yelling like, “Get to the trenches!” Like yelling at you and so you have like these bangs going off and then your instructor is yelling at you. But I remember the first time when we got mortared in Afghanistan it was so calm. Like it was like bliss. No one was yelling and everybody was just doing what they needed to do. And nobody was sprinting or running it was just a quick hustle to the vehicles for protection. And I just kind of like remember being in that at that time and I was just like, "Wow, nobody is yelling." That’s not how we trained but it’s just like I wasn’t really that stressed out because I guess the training took over.

Corporal Kerr speaks about how training takes over in combat situations.

Nick Kerr

Nick Kerr was born December 2, 1981 in Victoria, B.C. His father was in the military and had a personal connection with Lady Patricia and Nick knew one day he would join that regiment. In 2003, he attended military training in Wainwright, Alberta and upon graduating went to Shilo, Manitoba. Nick joined with the 2nd Battalion Canadian Light Infantry holding rank of Corporal. In 2006 Nick accepted a deployment to Afghanistan. Returning from overseas, Nick continued serving and became part of the contingent for security at 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. as well as the 2011 floods in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Always willing to serve and volunteer his time, Nick became a huge part of the organization in which Highway of Heroes was born where he still commits twice a year to cleaning the highway. Corporal Kerr is a still serving member with the military and resides in the province of Alberta.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
October 27, 2018
Person Interviewed:
Nick Kerr
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI)

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