Gwent youngsters take first step to army career

FIVE Gwent youngsters took their first step towards a military career as they joined the Army.

The new recruits, aged 16 and 17 years old, pledged allegiance to Queen and country in front of proud family and friends on Tuesday.

Seventeen year old Garin Bowden from Duffryn will join the Royal Welsh, Max Webb, 16, from Newport will join the Royal Irish, Ryan Hall, 16, from Pontypool will join the Royal Signals, and Dillinja Blackmore, 16, from Abertillery and Courtney Davies, 16, from Newport will both join the Welsh Guards.

They will begin their military career at the Army Foundation College (AFC) on September 23, as trainee Royal Welsh and Parachute Regiment soldiers.

By attending the AFC, young people gain military and vocational training while earning a salary.

Harrogate College offers a combination of training for young recruits before they move on to their chosen regiments and corps.

Army Recruitment Officer for the region, Major Dixie Dixon, said: "The Army Foundation College provides a great opportunity for young people to train as soldiers, while also allowing them to gain further qualifications and continue with their education."

I'm delighted that this group of local young people are taking this important first step towards a military career and I wish them all the best for the future."

All of the recruits joined through the Army Careers Information Office in Newport.

Here, they passed English and numeracy assessments as well as fitness, teamwork and commitment selection tests.

For more information, visit the Army Careers Office, 4/5 Kingsway, Newport, call 01633 250 306 or log on to www.army.mod.uk/join

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8:31pm Sat 8 Sep 12

sword of truth says...

Good luck to the young chaps and may God protect them. Having joined the services at 15, I'd do it all again, given the chance. There is no better education and character building and should provide excellent preparation for the rest of their lives. Depressingly, however, is the real danger they may encounter, forcing 'democracy' on ancient, proud civilisations. By fighting these illegal, genocidal, foreign wars, we have become the 51st state of the USA courtesy of our spineless, immoral, corrupt 'democratic' leaders.
Good luck to the young chaps and may God protect them. Having joined the services at 15, I'd do it all again, given the chance. There is no better education and character building and should provide excellent preparation for the rest of their lives. Depressingly, however, is the real danger they may encounter, forcing 'democracy' on ancient, proud civilisations. By fighting these illegal, genocidal, foreign wars, we have become the 51st state of the USA courtesy of our spineless, immoral, corrupt 'democratic' leaders. sword of truth
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8:31am Mon 10 Sep 12

Mr Angry says...

Bloody fools, get treated like dirt by bullying sargents and chinless wonders of upper class twit officers, get beasted and killed by your own, and watch them get away with it.
Bloody fools, get treated like dirt by bullying sargents and chinless wonders of upper class twit officers, get beasted and killed by your own, and watch them get away with it. Mr Angry
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