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May 12th 2015

ARMY RESERVES MARCH INTO A NEW CAREER

A student, taxi driver, coach painter, fireman and accident and emergency nurse are among 88 of the latest recruits to join the Army Reserve.

The soldiers marked the end of their Phase One training by taking part in a Pass Off Parade at Army Training Regiment (Grantham).

The parade was inspected by Major General Edward Smyth-Osbourne, who is the General Officer Commanding London District.

The Phase One training saw the soldiers immerse themselves in Army life for 16 days. They have learnt everything they need to know to fulfil their role including military terminology, drill, shooting, physical fitness, weapon handling, first aid, field craft and map reading.

Commanding Officer of ATR Grantham, Lieutenant Colonel Guy Stone said: “These soldiers have all worked very hard to complete this demanding training course successfully. They will now receive their £1000 Training Completion Bonus. The soldiers can look forward to the challenges of their specialist training, the wide variety of exciting overseas exercises, sport and adventurous training that will be on offer in their Corps and Regiments.”

Private Jack Cartwright who was awarded the accolade of Champion Soldier in his Troop will be joining 2 Company, 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment. He works as a delivery driver for Chestnut Homes in Lincoln.

He said: “My mum served in the WRAC and my granddad served in the REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) so military service is not new to me.

“Like most kids I was always running around playing soldiers. It was my tutor at college that actually sparked an interested in joining the Reserves. He had served with the Parachute Regiment and he would tell stories about his time in the Army.”

“I opted to join the Royal Anglians because they are my local Infantry Regiment and infantry is want I wanted to do. Being awarded the award for Champion Soldier was the icing on the cake. I didn’t think I’d get it. I had a great time in training and really enjoyed the Pass Off Parade.”

Addressing the soldiers on parade Major Gen Edward Smyth-Osbourne said: “You marched onto the square as recruits just over two weeks ago and you march off as stage one reserve soldiers.

“You will now rejoin your Regiments and Battalions. We, all of us, are charged with four simple but vitally important responsibilities: protecting the United Kingdom, fighting her enemies, preventing conflict and dealing with disaster. We all, regular and reserve, share this common purpose.

He continued: “Embrace what is to come, seize every day. You leave home comforts behind you when in uniform and you embrace the profession of arms. It is and can be a long and often hard road but a rewarding one of which you and your families can be proud.

“Opportunities may come quickly your way grasp them without hesitation, but for now enjoy the moment, relax in the knowledge that you have been trained as a soldier and met expectation.

He concluded: “Live up to the history and traditions that you are about to become part of. You have set yourself apart from others and your country is proud of you.”

“Like most kids I was always running around playing soldiers. It was my tutor at college that actually sparked an interested in joining the Reserves. He had served with the Parachute Regiment and he would tell stories about his time in the Army.”