An army vehicle mechanic who has just been medically discharged, has landed his dream job at Rolls Royce.
Adam Tehan, 30, from Hampshire, left the Army after a hip injury ended the career he loves. Adam joined the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in 2008 as a Vehicle Mechanic and completed an operational tour of Afghanistan.
It was when he was selected to attend a Vehicle Mechanics upgrade course he first noticed signs of injury. Adam had sustained damage to the cartilage in his hips, which meant he could no longer run or hold a position for too long.
“When I first got injured and it became obvious I was heading for a possible discharge, I was excited about trying something new,” Adam explained. “I then began to realise that civvy street was far different from the safe bubble of the Army I had been in. When it was confirmed my career was over, it really hit me. Knowing something was going to happen and having it confirmed are two very different things.
“I immediately began burying my head in the sand. I started to alienate my friends and family, I was having trouble sleeping and eating. I gained a short temper and lost all motivation.”
In 2015, Adam attended the Mission Motorsport Invitational at Goodwood Motor Circuit and was put in touch with Mission Motorsport’s Head of Vocation and Training, Adam Marchant-Wincott. He later attended a track day at Donnington Park, where he helped as a mechanic on the Mission Motorsport MX5.
“When I received my final discharge date of 21 December is seemed a million miles away. It felt like ‘Merry Christmas, thanks for your time’. I was still in denial. But with Mission Motorsport, it was really good to get out of the house and do something rather than sit and wallow.”
Adam was selected for interviews but it wasn’t until he had one with Rolls Royce that he felt the perfect fit.
“I didn’t hear anything for a couple of weeks so I chalked it up to experience. I then got the phone call that I had been waiting for. I had my job and the December deadline didn't seem so daunting.”
Adam started his job two months ago and is thoroughly enjoying it.
“I am feeling more like a civvy every day. There is still a large part of me that hates having to leave the Army and which desperately clings to any notion of staying in but knowing I am in a good job, earning decent money and with good prospects before I actually leave is a real weight off my mind.
“Mission Motorsport and Help for Heroes helped me see past my own injuries, and helped me start thinking about what I can do rather than just what I can't.”