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I was right toerag! Look at me now... SUCCESS: Rebel Karrie's flying high with RAF after turning her life around.

Byline: By Mike Malyon

SELF-CONFESSED bad girl Karrie Knight has turned her life around - by joining the RAF.

After being expelled from school as a rebellious 16-year-old, she faced a bleak future.

But three years on, Karrie is looking forward to a successful career in the forces and says: "I could not be happier."

Karrie, who lives in Maple Road, Nuneaton, has graduated from the Recruit Training Squadron at RAF Halton RAF Halton is one of the larger Royal Air Force (RAF) stations in the United Kingdom, located near the village of Halton, Buckinghamshire. History
The first recorded military aviation at Halton took place in 1913 when the then owner of the Halton estate, Alfred de
 in Buckinghamshire, and was presented with a trophy for "showing the most determination in all aspects of training on her flight".

Her decision to apply for the RAF followed a heart-to-heart with her father.

"I was a naughty girl at Alderman ALDERMAN. An officer, generally appointed or elected in towns corporate, or cities, possessing various powers in different places.
     2. The aldermen of the cities of Pennsylvania, possess all the powers and jurisdictions civil and criminal of justices of the
 Smith School and ended up being thrown out," she said. "I was involved with the wrong sort of people but I was to blame. I just did not like school.

"I went to North Warwickshire For the parliamentary constituency, see .

North Warwickshire is a local government district and borough in Warwickshire, England. The main town in the district is Atherstone where the council is based. Other significant places include Coleshill, Polesworth and Kingsbury.
 College on a travel and tourism course but it wasn't for me.

I just didn't know what I was going to do and it was only after speaking with my dad that I decided to have a try at the armed forces."

Karrie found an application form on the internet and visited the services recruitment office in Coventry, where she filled in forms, took a selection test and was sent for medical and fitness checks.

"It was a bit long-winded, going back and forth to Coventry. Then I had a 48-hour prerecruitment selection course at RAF Halton.

I came through everything OK and by this time I was determined to join, so I had no hesitation when I was offered the chance to sign on for nine years."

Karrie added: "It's the best decision I could ever have made. I needed something to get my life on track.

I had been having arguments with my friends. I was going nowhere. To be frank, I was a bit of a mess - a right toerag!

"But I absolutely love it in the RAF.

The job and the people are second to none. The training is tough. We work hard but play harder. It's definitely a long-term career, which offers so many opportunities."

Karrie is now into the second phase of her training and is based at RAF Benson
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RAF Benson (IATA: BEX, ICAO: EGUB) is a Royal Air Force station near Benson in Oxfordshire, England.
, in Oxfordshire. She has been involved with helicopter command, making her first flights.

"We've been up in Merlins and it's just great. I'd never been in a helicopter before. I am enjoying myself so much and it's difficult to imagine what I would now be doing if I had not made the effort."

Recruit Training Squadron Leader squadron leader
Noun

a fairly senior commissioned officer in the air force; the rank above flight lieutenant
 Nick Trown said: "Karrie has developed both as a person and as an airman and proved to be one of the best trainees in her group."

Proud dad Dave Knight admits at one stage he worried what would become of his wayward daughter.

But he said: "I am so proud of her.

She really has turned her life around. I despaired at one stage what was going to become of her life. But we sat down and, all credit to Karrie, she accepted that she needed to make a major decision.

"She's shown that with determination anything can be achieved."

Now Karrie's 18-year-old brother, Chris, is following in her footsteps and has just started on the same training course at RAF Halton.

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WELL DONE... Karrie Knight receives a graduation trophy from Air Vice-Marshal air vice-marshal
Noun

a senior officer in an air force
 Richard Garwood.; SO PROUD... Karrie gets a hug from her dad, Dave Knight.
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