Young soldiers' pride at completing tough training course

Ellis (left) and JordanEllis (left) and Jordan
Ellis (left) and Jordan
TWO trainee soldiers from Rotherham were among dozens of new recruits celebrating their graduation in a military pass-off parade.

Junior Soldier Ellis Wheeler and Junior Soldier Jordan Wombell (both 17) completed their  British Army Junior Entry training at Uniacke Barracks near Harrogate.

The training involves learning new skills such as the qualities of a soldier, battlefield casualty drills, fitness training and skills at arms.

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It culminates with an intense, seven-day battle camp taking place in various training areas across the UK encompassing all the training they have received during their time at AFC Harrogate.

They will now go on to serve in various Corps and Regiments of the British Army to begin the next part of their specialist training, where they will learn how to do their jobs at home and abroad. 

Junior Soldiers go on to become engineers, IT specialists, infantry soldiers, as well as more technical specialists.

Jordan, who will go on to serve with the Royal Logistics Corps, said: “Graduating from AFC Harrogate in front of my friends and family is something that I am very proud of doing.

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“I’m now looking forward to the next stage of my Army career.”

Ellis Wheeler of Brinsworth, will go on to serve with the Coldstream Guards.

He said: “As a Junior Soldier you learn core life skills such as leadership, teamwork and determination. 

“I have made loads of friends and met new people, and have become much more confident in my own ability.”