Head of Armed Forces inspects passing out parade at Grantham barracks

Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nicholas Houghton inspects the next generation of Army Reserves at their passing out parade in Grantham. UNCLASSIFIED
Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nicholas Houghton inspects the next generation of Army Reserves at their passing out parade in Grantham. UNCLASSIFIED
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Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nicholas Houghton has inspected the next generation of Army Reserves at their passing out parade in Grantham.

In front of their family and friends, 70 soldiers marched onto the parade square at Prince William of Gloucester Barracks after completing their basic training at the Army Training Regiment (Grantham).

Gen Houghton, the professional head of the Armed Forces, was the inspecting officer and presented awards including the Champion Soldier, Best Shot and Champion Section.

Gen Houghton said: “Those who volunteer to serve as Reservists in the British Army are unique in their willingness to balance the challenges of their family commitments, their civilian employments and the excitement of military service. This demands extreme dedication, especially when the Army requires them to deploy on operations.

“The servicemen and women passing out today have been exemplary throughout, and I am encouraged to see a bright and competent unit supported and mentored by such a professional staff.”

The troops on parade ranged in age from 18 to 44, included a range of civilian backgrounds from students to IT salesman who will be joining Army Reserve units of every cap badge.

The reservists have completed their training in two stages, both delivered by the specialist instructors from Army Training Regiment (Grantham). The first phase sees the soldiers’ complete six weekend courses before attending a two-week course at the barracks. The training has taught the soldiers 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. The reservists will now return to their Regiments to begin their trade training.