A brave Hemel Hempstead lad was on Channel 4’s Commando School last night as he trained to join one of the UK’s toughest fighting forces.
Viewers heard that Adam Greene, who previously took a three-year degree in events management at Bournemouth University, is known to his colleagues as ‘posh boy’.
Tom Dilliway, who was training alongside him, said: “He argues the fact that he’s not; he’s from Hemel Hempstead – but to me, that’s posh.”
Adam used to work in Hemel Hempstead’s The Full House – an experience he spoke about in last night’s show when referring to his time at ‘a Wetherspoon’s pub’.
He said he was inspired to join the Royal Marines, because he didn’t want to end up like the men who go into the watering hole at 8am to start drinking.
He told this website that he had asked programme-makers not to include that comment, because he still drinks in The Full House and likes the people that go there.
Another nickname 24-year-old Adam’s training core colleagues gave to him is ‘old man’, as the majority of his fellow recruits have just left school.
Adam said: “I’m six years older than some of the lads here. I had gone to university and all those things, and I couldn’t stand the lazy lifestyle.
“You know, I couldn’t stand sitting behind a desk and drinking 10 cups of coffee a day. I couldn’t stand the monotony of everything.”
TV crews have been following Adam and his fellow recruits for the past six weeks as they train to become commandos for the Royal Marines at Lympstone near Exeter.
The brutal regime has put them through their paces as they are pushed to their limits through a series of challenges designed to test their fitness and mental strength.
They are even tested on personal hygiene.
Last night’s programme followed Adam as he achieved initial success on his course, impressing officers with his strong personality.
Viewers were told that Adam, who used to weigh 19 stone, liked school plays, drama and computer games before entering the training core.
Adam is a former pupil of The Hemel Hempstead School. His mum Sharon was initially not happy about her son joining the army.
But she said: “Watching him transform from the guy who had sat behind a desk for a year and was completely unfit, it was amazing and he slimmed down and he got tough.
“In his own physical presence he has got more confidence, I think. I just did not want him to be somewhere where there were going to be guns.”
Adam was made second in command of his section to corporal Adam Perkins during a four-day exercise that marked the end of the first half of the recruits’ training during last night’s show.
Corporal Perkins, who has completed two tours of Afghanistan and now trains new troops, said: “Recruit Greene is somebody who other recruits would listen to.”
He also said that Adam had ‘a strong personality, if not the strongest’ among the recruits on the course.
Addressing him, corporal Perkins said: “I’ll see what you can do when you have got seven lads beside you. And this is where it gets to the nitty gritty bit.”
But Adam’s luck soon changed, when he did not perform well in the role and was demoted to become an ordinary trainee marine once more.
His luck sank further as he struggled even in that role – but he went on to successfully complete the Bottom Field assault course later in the programme.
Unfortunately, after the show ended, viewers were informed that he went on to fail a test in week 26 of his 32-week programme and left Troop 174.
However, he has now been ‘retrooped’ and is back on track to gain his green beret and become a Royal Marines commando.