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Freedom parade through Barnsley by Yorkshire Regiment

Over 150 soldiers from the 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment marched through the streets of Barnsley today to exercise their right to the Freedom of the Borough.

Many of the regiment's current soldiers have been born and raised in the area and were very proud to be welcomed home by supports, as Sarah Clark reports.


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.”

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
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