Alexandra signs up to make sure Army is a family affair

Barnsley teenager Alexandra Cropper  with her uncle, Sergeant Patrick Crossley, after she passed out as a soldier at Winchester
Barnsley teenager Alexandra Cropper with her uncle, Sergeant Patrick Crossley, after she passed out as a soldier at Winchester
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ALEXANDRA Cropper has joined the family business.

The 17-year-old is following in the footsteps of her uncle, Sergeant Patrick Crossley, and joined up - completing a tough 23-week course to become a soldier.

She has now passed out after training, at a ceremony watched by Patrick, at the Army Technical Foundation College, in Winchester.

Alexandra said: “I have loved every minute of it so far and I have met some great friends whilst I have been at the college.

“The training has been really hard at times and initially I did miss my family and friends back home, but the people you meet here get you through it - there is a great sense of teamwork and togetherness.”

Following the six-month course, Alexandra will now enjoy some time off before she starts specialised training to work in the Royal Logistic Corps.

The branch of the Army looks after storage, maintenance and transport of everything from nuts and bolts to sophisticated weapon spares and ammunition.

In Afghanistan, the Royal Logistics Corps is responsible for organising giant, half-mile long convoys taking supplies to patrol bases around the war zone.

She said: “I am looking forward to beginning the next phase of training and getting my driving licence.”

Patrick said: “It’s nice to see her complete the journey from civilian to soldier and complete her basic training.

“There is a definite change in Alexandra from the girl that started here to the one that’s leaving.

“She is now a confident young lady with the world at her feet.

“I am confident she will enjoy Army life with the career she has chosen.”

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