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May 29th 2014

LEICESTER SOLDIERS MARCH INTO NEW CAREERS

A Leicester man has completed his Phase One Army training and achieved a dream he has harboured since the age of 12.

Private Adam Mattock from Eyres Monsell marched off the parade square in front of his very proud family who travelled to Prince William of Gloucester Barracks in Grantham to witness his Passing Out Parade.

He is now one of hundreds of part time soldiers that together form the 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment. Adam is part of the Regiment’s 2 (Leicestershire and Lincolnshire) Company based in Ulverscroft Road, Leicester. It meets every Wednesday night.

“I’ve wanted to join since I was 12. I was also an Army cadet. It’s all I ever wanted to do and I’ve finally done it,” said a beaming Adam.

Mum Elaine, her partner Julie and Adam’s Gran and Grandad, Sue and Malcolm, watched the parade. Realising his dream has been a result of his hard work and determination. Elaine said: “He has difficulty reading and writing but it is really all he ever wanted to do and he’s never given up on that dream. We are bursting with pride. We are all so proud.”

She continued: “His determination to join the Army helped him conquer his learning difficulties. He tried to join the Army before but failed the tests.  We arranged for private tutoring to help him with his reading and writing and it clearly helped. We knew how much he wanted it and his hard work has finally paid off.”

Adam said: “I’ve been going along to the Reserve Centre every Wednesday prior to starting my Phase One training. They are a good bunch of lads and made me feel very welcome.  I’ve loved the training; the Exercise was the best bit, especially the section attack, which helped me practise my infantry skills.

“We also did a 6-mile run. I made it, but it was hard. I will always do the best I can and being in the Army is a motivator to keep fit. My message to anyone is if you want to do something keep going and never give up on your dream.”

Also passing off the parade square was Trooper Peter Clifford (31) who has joined B (Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry) Squadron. Based in South Wigston the Squadron is equipped with the RWMIK Light Reconnaissance Vehicle. The WMIK is light, but well armed and has been used in combat in Afghanistan.

In civilian life Peter works as a maintenance engineer for Rugby based Lisi Aeropspace.  “I was very nervous being on parade in front of everyone but at the same time it was a very proud moment. The best bit of training was the exercise.  I’m a keen camper and like being outdoors, so I enjoyed learning about living in the field as a soldier.”

The two-week residential course completed by the pair will form the foundations of their military career. It has taught them everything they need to know to fulfil their role within the Army Reserve including military terminology, drill, marksmanship, physical fitness, weapon handling, first aid, field craft and map reading.

The Phase One course is delivered by 5 Training Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) whose instructors have been specially selected and trained for their role. Their main task is to lead recruits through their training and assist then with passing all aspects of the course.

Adam and Peter will now return to their units to complete their trade training.