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September 27th 2016

Grimsby accountant named Champion solider

Jack Coulbeck collects the champion soldier award from Commander of the British Army's Initial Training Group, Brigadier Alex Potts.

Grimsby accountant Jack Coulbeck has reason to celebrate  having passed out of his Army Reserve Phase One Training as Champion soldier of his troop.

 

Jack, aged 25, who works at Young’s Seafood was one of 64 Army Reservists that marched onto the parade square at Army Training Regiment (Grantham) to mark the completion of their first stage of military training.

The Phase One training includes six weekend courses and a 16-day residential training course at ATR (Grantham), Prince William of Gloucester Barracks.

The training has taught Jack everything he needs to know to fulfil his role and includes military terminology, drill, shooting, physical fitness, weapon handling, first aid, field craft and map reading.

Jack joined 4 Company, 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, based in Westward Ho Barracks, Grimsby  in July and since then has attended regular Tuesday evening training nights and completed four weekend training courses.  He will now go onto complete his trade training.

He said: “I’ve have great fun since I joined. I already had a few friends in the Forces and they seemed to gain in confidence after a few months of training and nothing seemed to phase them. It made me want to test myself to see if I could do it.”

Speaking about the training he said: “It’s been a lot harder than I expected. The course was very busy. You were training in the day and the evenings were spent sorting out your kit and equipment ready for the next day. You had no time to be lazy.”

TSC Bravo Course Pass Out Parade 05/16 - Reviewing Officer: Brigadier ATL Potts, Commander Initial Training Group. The Band of the Yorkshire Regiment plus members of the Band of 150 Regiment RLC

TSC Bravo course pass out parade.

All Army Reserves are paid whilst training and the pay scale is based on what a regular soldier with the same job and rank would receive. Pay is increased as a soldier gains promotion and experience.

Jack collected his award from the Commander of the Army’s Initial Training Group, Brigadier Alex Potts. The Initial Training Group is responsible for the content and delivery of Phase 1 training at ATR Grantham.

“I am very proud but also very shocked to receive the award to be honest,” said Jack. “There were lots of good soldiers on the course, so to be given the award of Champion soldier was just a total surprise.”

Addressing the soldiers on parade, Brigadier Potts said: “It is a real privilege to be here today to witness the achievements as you pass out on completion of your initial training for the Army. You should be rightly proud of what you have achieved both as individuals and as sections and troops in completing a demanding course, training development and education. All delivered at a pace that probably surprised you and at times challenged your endurance and capacity to learn new ideas, skills and even language.

“The course is not designed to be easy. The Army has high standards but that’s probably what attracted you in the first place.  The challenges of the course have been many and varied. You have overcome them by listening carefully to your instructors, applying yourselves and never giving up. In doing so you earn the right to be a British soldier and the good news is that this is just the beginning. You now have the foundations on which you will continue to build, learning new skills and building in confidence as you go.  Your Army offers you a multitude of opportunities. I encourage you to seize them.”

Brigadier Potts also thanked the families for their support and thanked the instructing staff for their professionalism and dedication.

The course is delivered by Army Training Regiment (Grantham) whose instructors have been specially selected and trained for their role. Their main task is to lead recruits through their training and assist them with passing all aspects of the course.

For information on joining the Army Reserve visit the Army web site at: www.army.mod.uk or visit 4 Company between 7.30pm and 9.30pm on a training night.

“I’ve have great fun since I joined. I already had a few friends in the Forces and they seemed to gain in confidence after a few months of training and nothing seemed to phase them. It made me want to test myself to see if I could do it.”