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