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Second junior soldier recognised in army award day

Tom Gleisinger from Driffield best Junior Soldier from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Credit: © Crown Copyright 2014

A second junior soldier from Yorkshire has ben recognised at Harrogate's Army Foundation College.

Tom Gleisinger, 16, from Driffield was awarded the prize for being the best Junior Soldier from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

He completed a similar course to fellow award winner Jason McCarthy.

“The course has given me a sense of achievement and pride,” said Tom, a former pupil of Driffield Secondary School.

“All the hard work has paid off.”

Junior soldier from Ripon wins top award

Jordan McCarthy: Best Junior Soldier from the Royal Engineers. Credit: © Crown Copyright 2014

A Junior Soldier from Ripon received a top prize when he graduated from the prestigious Army Foundation College in Harrogate.

Jordan McCarthy (16) was awarded the prize as the Best Junior Soldier from the Royal Engineers.

He joined the Army Foundation College in September last year for the first of the newly designed courses combining vocational education and military training.

On the course, he completed Non-Vocational Qualifications in English, Maths and ICT as well as driver theory training.

“The best part of being here was making a new set of friends and knowing they’ll be friends for life,” said Jordan, a former pupil of Outwood Academy.

“The course as a whole has given me a wider sense of leadership – I had to lead a fire team on fire and manoeuvre and that was really challenging.”

The 23-week course delivers basic training to Junior Soldiers before they leave to follow their longer and more specialist technical training.

“The prize awarded to Jordan is the culmination of 12 months of hard work and dedication,” said Lieutenant Colonel Oz Lane, the College’s Commanding Officer.

“He can be rightly proud of his achievements at the College, and the staff and I wish him well as he goes forward to the second phase of his training which he hopes will be with the Royal Engineers.”

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Soldiers passing-in parade in Harrogate

Junior soldiers from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate will step out for their first parade today in front of their families after six weeks of training.

The soldiers, aged between 16 and 17, will show off their newly-acquired marching skills at their Passing-In parade at Uniacke barracks on Penny Pot Lane.

Families of the 500 soldiers will see their sons and daughters for the first time since they started at the college.

Each soldier has taken part in an overnight exercise, and weekend activities including kayaking, rock climbing and marching.

"I am sure that there will be many proud families watching their Junior Soldiers taking their first steps into an Army career. This is the first milestone but nevertheless an important one."

– Lt Col Oz Lane, Commanding Officer, Army Foundation College

South Yorkshire woman admits selling military secrets

A pharmacy assistant from South Yorkshire who worked at a military training centre has admitted misconduct in a public office for selling stories to a newspaper.

Tracy Bell, 35, from Goldthorpe, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to one count of the offence between October 17, 2005 and July 7, 2006, during which time she received around £1,250 for five articles published in The Sun newspaper.

At the time she was a Ministry of Defence employee working at Sandhurst Medical Centre, where army officers receive initial training.

Bell will be sentenced in October, and she has been released on bail.

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Sad day for Third Battalion

After today the Third Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment will cease to exist and soldiers will in future form the majority of the First Battalion.

At Warminster in Wiltshire, where 3 Yorks is based, Commanding Officer Lt. Col Zac Stenning said it's a sad day but the regiment has to look to the future.

He said a private memorial service was held earlier this week to remember 3 Yorks soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan last year - including six who died when their Warrior fighting vehicle was blown up.

3 Yorks was originally the Duke of Wellington's Regiment - with battle honours dating back to 1695 - including the Battle of Waterloo, Crimea War and both World Wars.

In Warminster today there is a ceremonial march and parade at the barracks to mark the end of the battalion.

Parade as Yorkshire regiment disbands

A soldier prepares to hoist a flag on a Warrior armoured vehicle

A soldier prepares to hoist a flag on a Warrior armoured vehicle ahead of a symbolic event today for the Yorkshire Regiment.The regiment has four battalions - but after today the Third Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment will cease to exist and soldiers will in future form the majority of 1 Yorks.

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