From St. Vincent to Buckingham Barracks: A Young Lady’s Journey to the British Army

In the heart of the Caribbean, where azure waters meet lush green hills, lies the picturesque island of St. Vincent. It is a place known for its stunning natural beauty, vibrant culture, and warm-hearted people. But for one young lady, this Caribbean paradise was just the beginning of an extraordinary journey. Meet Private Tarika Huggins, a determined and spirited individual who left her beloved St. Vincent to pursue a career in the British Army.


Private Huggins’s fascination with the military world began at an early age, inspired by the stories from her uncle who is currently serving in the Royal Artillery. Growing up in St. Vincent, she deeply respected the armed forces and had a burning desire to make her own mark in that world. As she grew older, her determination to join the British Army only intensified.

Leaving the idyllic beaches and the comforting embrace of her family in St. Vincent was not an easy decision. Private Huggins vividly recalls the mixed emotions she experienced as she prepared to leave for the United Kingdom. “Excited about the opportunity to fulfil my dream, but leaving behind my family and the familiar Caribbean way of life was incredibly difficult,” she said.

To become a member of the British Army, Private Huggins faced a demanding selection process that needed unwavering dedication and perseverance. She had to meet strict physical fitness standards, undergo comprehensive background checks, and pass rigorous interviews and assessments. Private Huggins’s determination to succeed pushed her through each challenging phase.

Once accepted into the British Army, Private Huggins embarked on an intense journey of training and adaptation. The harsh British winters were a stark contrast to the tropical climate she was accustomed to, but she adapted quickly. “The training was tough, and the weather was colder than I could have ever imagined, but I was determined to prove myself,” she recalled.

Private Huggins’s journey was not without its fair share of challenges. As a young woman from the Caribbean, she was often met with scepticism and stereotypes. However, she stayed steadfast in her commitment to breaking down barriers and proving that she was every bit as capable as her fellow recruits. Her determination and performance soon earned her the respect of her peers and superiors.

Today, Private Tarika Huggins inspires many backs in her homeland of St. Vincent and aspiring young individuals worldwide. Her remarkable journey from the Caribbean to the British Army serves as a testament to the power of determination, courage, and perseverance. She is currently serving in the engagement team in Crickhowell where she uses her story to show others like herself and different that once you have a dream all you need to do is take that one step.

Private Huggins’s dream has taken her from the sandy shores of St. Vincent to the island nation of ancient castles and cobblestone streets. Her journey is a testament to the fact that no dream is too big, no obstacle too daunting, and no distance too far for those who dare to chase their dreams. She is living proof that with passion and determination, one can overcome any obstacle and embark on a journey that defies expectations and knows no boundaries.