TWO Royal engineers have swapped Iraq and Afghanistan – for the minefield of their own business.
Jon Rutter and Dave Middleton are the men behind DR Electrical, based in Arundel Drive.
Dave formed the electrical business after leaving the army and deciding after working for others that he wanted to start out by himself.
He said: “I came out of the service in 2006 after six years.
“After I left I was working for other people when I stated thinking I could do jobs better myself.
“I attended the Royal School of Military Engineering in Kent where I trained as an electrician but I ended up working more as a relay driver and working building defences against improvised explosive devices.”
He said the teaching from the Royal Engineers has given him a different outlook to modern apprentices
He added: “The way the army teaches you, it’s as though you’re the only person in Iraq – you can’t just ring technical support.
“I talk to apprentices now and they’ve no idea of the techniques we were shown.”
Jon joined the firm after a further four years in the forces, including two tours of Afghanistan.
Dave added: “Jon was also a driver specialising in searches and he went on to two tours of Afghanistan after I left.
“He did an electrical course as part of his resettlement and we’re building our business on those skills.”
Around 24,000 people leave the UK forces every year to join “Civvy Street”.
New Ministry of Defence figures show that 96 per cent of leavers find new employment within six months. Leavers are given career and resettlement advice for up to two years and a new industry has emerged helping ex soldiers find work.