The Deputy Commander Field Army, Major General Simon Brooks-Ward, has inspected the next generation of Army Reservists at their Passing Out parade at Army Training Regiment Grantham.
Proud family and friends braved the elements to watch the 75 Army Reserves as they marched proudly off the parade square to mark the end of their Phase One Training.
The final stage of their training – a 16-day course at Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, Grantham – saw the soldiers taught everything they need to know to fulfil their role within the Army Reserve, including military terminology, drill, shooting, physical fitness, weapon handling, first aid, field craft and map reading.
Prior to attending the course, the soldiers, who will be joining Army Reserve units of every cap badge, had completed four weekend courses and will now return to their units to complete their trade training.
The Deputy Commander Field Army presented a series of awards including those for Best Recruit and Best Shot. Music was provided by The Band of the Royal Signals Northern Band.
Addressing the parade he said: “I would like to welcome you to this wonderful organisation. The Army Reserve would not exist were it not for the efforts and commitment provided by people like you.
“I understand how hard it is to give up the time, energy and yourself to this new part-time career. The fact that you do and the fact that I am standing here looking at you, makes by job as Deputy Commander Field Army an incredible privilege and an honour.”
All the soldiers will now start their trade training.