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Tuesday 14th September 2021

Little Troopers, the military children’s charity, has launched a brand-new podcast for military teenagers called SQUAD. The first episode of SQUAD is now available.

Presented by TV & radio broadcaster and mental health ambassador, Katie Thistleton and Leicester Tigers rugby star, Thom Smith – who’s Dad still serves in the Royal Air Force – the eight-episode weekly podcast is the first of its kind to hand over the microphone to military teens who share their stories about Armed Forces life.  

Recorded as short 20-minute weekly episodes, listeners will hear from 15 military teenagers across the series as they chat about their personal experiences of being a service child and their views on some of the unique challenges that service children face including deployment and separation, schooling, moving home, having a serving parent and forming friendships.

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Funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Trust as part of the Little Troopers at School project, the aim of the podcast is to help military teenagers across the British Armed Forces community feel recognised and understood by hearing from other children who live in similar circumstances and share similar life experiences. 

Kieran, one of the guests on SQUAD
Kieran, one of the guests on SQUAD

Louise Fetigan, Founder of Little Troopers, explains: “It’s so important to our charity that people don’t forget about military teenagers and that they are given the chance to have a voice and hear from each other about their experiences of military life. We are thrilled to have Katie Thistleton and Thom Smith presenting SQUAD and it’s been produced in a format that teenagers will find really relatable and engaging. We hope that lots of military teens will listen to SQUAD at home and that secondary schools will also find value in bringing their military children together to listen in class and use it to spark further conversation about military life in school.” 

Presenter, Katie Thistleton, whose credits include working on BBC Radio 1 and CBBC, amongst others, comments: “I’ve loved hosting the SQUAD podcast. It’s been fantastic to meet so many inspiring young people who have grown-up in an Armed Forces family and to give them a platform where they can share their stories and chat about what life is like from their point of view. Thom and I have been the presenters, but SQUAD is all about military teens; it’s their podcast and they have led the conversation in a really fun, honest and relatable way that will resonate with the thousands of other teenagers across the British Armed Forces community who share similar experiences. I hope everyone enjoys listening to it as much as we have enjoyed recording it and that it helps other military teens realise they are part of an amazing community of young people just like them.”  

Presenter Thom Smith, adds: “Hosting SQUAD with Katie was a fantastic experience and I’m so excited to be working alongside Little Troopers. Growing up in a military family myself, I appreciate the highs and lows we encounter as children of military parents/carers. It was fascinating to listen to the teenagers tell their stories and share their experiences of military life. I believe that having a platform for military children to relate to, that also informs the wider community of our unique lifestyle is invaluable and I’m immensely proud to be a part of it.” 

For more information visit Little Troopers

See also: September Stories Competition and Read-a-Thon Challenge

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