Simon Hart MP has completed a scheme which gives politicians experience of life in the armed forces.
Mr Hart spent time aboard HMS York and visited British troops in Afghanistan and the Falkland Islands as part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme (AFPS) over the past four years.
He was presented with a 'graduation certificate' by the head of the British Army, Chief of the General Staff Sir Peter Wall at a special ceremony in London.
Mr Hart, who served in the Territorial Army for seven years, said: "It's been a fascinating experience, I have watched bomb sniffer dogs at work in Camp Bastion and been winched onto the deck of a warship in the South Atlantic" said Mr Hart.
"But the highlight has always been talking to the servicemen and women about their experiences, how things can be improved and learning exactly what the job entails and the stresses they experience.
"As an MP we can be called on to vote on whether to send them into action and it is vital that we have a deep understanding of their work."
PIC CAP: Simon Hart MP is pictured on a trip to the Falkland Islands with the AFPS
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