Check out SQUAD, the fab new podcast for military teenagers, exploring the experiences of older service children and the unique challenges they face.

SQUAD has been launched by military children’s charity Little Troopers, and is presented by TV and radio broadcaster and mental health ambassador, Katie Thistleton and Leicester Tigers rugby star, Thom Smith, whose 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 throughout the series as they chat about deployment and separation, schooling, moving home, having a serving parent and forming friendships.

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

Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, explains: “It’s so important 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 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.”

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