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Junior soldiers march towards new careers

The Army Foundation College in Harrogate saw over 650 teenagers graduate this summer from the Army’s flagship training establishment for 16 to 17 year olds.

The college in Penny Pot Lane, Harrogate runs two types of course ‘ a 42-week long course and a shorter 22-week course, both which train junior soldiers destined for a wide variety of Army careers.

Lieutenant Colonel William Strickland OBE, the College’s Commanding Officer said: “It has been long and hard, and sometimes emotional. I congratulate all of the Junior Soldiers and their instructors on a job very well done.”

“The majority proved equal to the test, and they are the future of the British Army. We are proud of their achievements and we are looking forward to their bright futures.”

The Junior Soldiers on the longer 42-week course marched off the square to the second phase of their training in the Infantry, Royal Artillery, Royal Armoured Corps and The Royal Logistic Corps.

While a company of Junior Soldiers on the shorter 22-week course, designed for other cap badges, headed for the longer more specialist phase of their training which could include becoming a vehicle mechanic with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer or a communications systems operator with the Royal Signals.

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