Staff Sergeant Mathew Carter
Tell us a little about yourself.
My Name is Mathew Carter from Cambridge, UK I'm 29 years old and currently live with my GF in Italy. I found out about the unit back in 2011 from playing on their server and hopping on the TS. Since that day I have been in or around the unit whenever I get the change. My hobby IRL is digital art and this has translated into the 3rdID where I currently am the NCOIC of CID. I'm always looking for new ways to help redefine the image of the unit and I hope the 3rd is around for many years to come.
What is your favorite aspect of the unit?
The soldiers that make up our unit. I have been in many MILSIM unit in the past. Some bigger than the 3rdID, some smaller but I could never have as much fun as I do with the people from our unit. I think this is the same reason why so many soldiers come back to the 3rdID when they want to get back into MILSIM gaming. Nothing beats a dog face soldier!
Any favorite/funny/memorable moment throughout your whole time in the unit?
Oh wow, Ive been in and around the unit since 2011 so are too many to list. If I had to pick one it would have to be from back when our unit only played AA2. "One shot then reload" matches on top of the centre tower of Bridge. Sometimes these matches could go on for 5-10 minutes with no winner, oh the laughs we had.
Any advice to give to your fellow soldiers?
Don't be afraid to reach out to your first line leaders to help them make their job easier. Not by constantly bugging them or harass them with endless questions but maybe help them plan next squad drills, give them ideas they can work off and give honest feedback. Its the best way to get noticed within your FT/squad/PLT and will help towards your next promotion.
What army value is the most important to you and why?
Respect. This is a huge value I try to live by and also try to teach others. It isn't right to purposely treat others poorly just because, for whatever reason, you are unable to give the respect they deserve and one day that may even come back to bite you.
Any valuable lessons you have learned while being in the unit?
Be honest, don't be afraid to step up and take control if the situation needs you to and if you put your mind to it you can achieve anything you want both in and out of the unit.