3:43pm Friday 25th October 2013
JUST six weeks into their training, the soldiers of tomorrow stepped out in front of their families at their passing-in parade.
Some 500 junior soldiers from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate – all aged 16 and 17 – showed off their newly-acquired marching skills at Uniacke Barracks on Pennypot Lane.
All destined for careers in the Royal Armoured Corps, Royal Artillery and the infantry, they were inspected by the college’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Oz Lane.
He told them: “This is the first milestone but nevertheless an important one. You have come through the toughest six weeks of your life and you should be rightly proud.”
The teenagers began a unique mix of military, leadership, educational and vocational training in September and will finish the 42 week course in August. They will then undertake more specialist training elsewhere in the UK before joining their regiments.
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