YOUNG people who have completed a gruelling course to prepare them for joining the military have been honoured at a presentation in Sheffield.
The 10 teenagers, who are going on to full-time Army careers, had undertaken a six-month part-time preparation course.
They received certificates and also swore their oath of allegiance at the Cutlers’ Hall event as part of being accepted into the Army.
The presentation was made by Brigadier Greville Bibby, regional brigade commander, and Major Keith Tomlinson, area recruiting officer for South Yorkshire.
Activities undertaken during the six-month course included weekly boxing fitness training and running sessions, as well as team-building activities to raise confidence and self-esteem and develop valuable communication skills.
Rebecca Copley, aged 16, who has enlisted into the Royal Artillery, said: “The course really helped me. I cannot thank the tutors on the course, military and civilian, enough for everything they have taught me.”
Along with Rebecca, 16-year-old Damon Barker and Luke Murphy, 17, will join the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Josef Botham, 16, and Daniel Gilbert will join the Royal Artillery, Cardelle Brookes, 16, joins the Royal Engineers, Dylan Brown, 16, will enlist in the Rifles, while Adam German, 17, Jarrad Knights, 18, and Grant White, 18 will enlist into The Yorkshire Regiment.
Major Tomlinson praised the youngsters and said: “The course has a proven track record of improving and building levels of confidence, fitness, communication skills, teamwork and academic ability in young people.”