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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.”