In just 16 days, 124 Army Reserve recruits have completed the final stage of their Phase One training at Grantham’s Army Training Regiment, marking the occasion with a Pass Off Parade.
The final stage of this training saw recruits acquire many of the skills needed to reach the British Army’s high standards, including shooting, physical fitness, weapon handling and field craft.
The Pass Off Parade was performed by the recruits in front of friends and family at Prince William of Gloucester Barracks.
With the parade inspected by the most senior army reservist, Deputy Commander of Land Forces Major General Ranald Munro, the completion of this training left the recruits fully qualified as soldiers.
Speaking at the event, Maj Gen Munro said: “You arrived here as individuals but you have got to this point in your pass out parade because you have become a team.
“You are quite rightly entitled to be proud of yourselves.”
Just one of the many recruits completing their training was Sarah Moody from Middlesbrough, who was awarded Champion Soldier in her troop and went on to join the regiment 201 Field Hospital as a driver
Sarah said: “I was surprised I won best recruit, but I’m pleased to be recognised and the course was great. The best bit was the people and we all bonded as a troop.”
She is due to begin phase two of her training shortly.