Role Models: Bo Humberstone

Role Models: Bo Humberstone

Capt Bo HumberstoneI am the Medical Support Officer for Wiltshire Army Cadet Force.

I applied to join the Regular Army after completing my medical degree and whilst studying for membership of the Royal College of Physicians. Unfortunately my application could not be progressed due to my disability, an artificial hip, however, I soon discovered that there are lots of other ways for people in my situation to support and work with the Army and I offered my services to the Army Cadet Force. I have now fulfilled my ambition and commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as a Cadet Force Officer.

As an openly gay woman and mother being a role model to young people, who are going through the emotional turmoil of adolescence, is really important to me. That is why I always look forward to attending London Pride with my wife, who is in the Army Reserve. For two weeks each year I provide front line medical cover for army cadets on their annual camp, dealing with both physical and mental health cases. I also provide advice on LGBT matters to the chain of command. One of my favourite activities is supporting adventurous training and DofE expeditions as this is a great opportunity to get to know young people and see how they work in teams during a challenging activity.