For Biliden Kod, there is no iota of reservation or regret for serving in the British Army, despite that he was not British-born. “I was inspired by the need to defend the territorial sovereignty of the United Kingdom and join in the fight against terrorism,” he explained.
Born Stanley Mensah Kodia to Ghanaian parents, Mr James Mensah Kodia, a Chief of Oyarifa and Mrs Comfort Mensah Kodia, as the third of six children, Biliden Kod, as he is popularly known, joined the British Army as a medic at the age of 18 and served for nine years before the pursuit of further education culminated in admission into Birmingham City University to study Operating Department Practitioner.
However, barely two years after joining the army, he found himself deployed overseas for duties in war zones. “I was deployed to Afghanistan in 2013 for seven months where I was awarded The Commanding Officer’s Commendation for teamwork and selfless commitment. Also, I was deployed to Pakistan in 2015,” he recounted.
Being deployed at a tender age and farther away from family and friends was not without its challenges. “I overcame this challenge by resorting to the use of social media to bridge the communication gap,” he avowed.
Looking back today, Biliden Kod asserted that he has no misgivings for following that path. “I have enjoyed every bit of my being in the British Army,” he asserted.
Of the big lessons he learned from being a soldier in the British Army, he said: “I have learnt to come to terms with being respectful, courageous, disciplined, and I have also learnt the importance of integrity, loyal and selfless commitment.”