Head of the Army inspects Yorkshire trained junior soldiers

The graduation is the larges of its kind in Europe Photo: Press Association

The Head of the Army, Major General Sir Peter Wall will inspect the largest military graduation parade in Europe at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, North Yorkshire today.

Nearly 700 junior soldiers will march on to the parade ground at Uniacke Barracks in front of thousands of their relatives and friends.

The parade of 17-year-old students, who joined the college in September last year, is only exceeded in size by the Trooping of the Colour held in London.

Maj Gen Sir Peter Wall, who is the Chief of the General Staff, will inspect the students from all over the UK and take the salute when they graduate from the college watched by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Khashi Sharifi and members of his staff.

The Junior Soldiers, who have undergone a 12 month course in a unique combination of military skills and vocational qualifications, will now move on to receive phase 2 training in their chosen trade or specialism.

The graduation parade will mark the culmination of 12 months of hard work for the young men and women of Cambrai, Peninsula and Waterloo Companies. They should be rightly proud of their achievements at the College and enjoy sharing this special day with their families and friends.

After a well-earned summer break, our Junior Soldiers can look forward to their specialist training before embarking on the busy, rewarding careers that lie ahead of them.

– Lieutenant Colonel Khashi Sharifi.