HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, inspects the Junior Soldiers accompanied by Lt. Col. Rich Hall, Commanding Officer of the College
HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, inspects the Junior Soldiers accompanied by Lt. Col. Rich Hall, Commanding Officer of the College

HRH Prince Edward heaps praise on more than 600 teenagers at the Army Foundation College

/
Please share the news
  • 165
    Shares

HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, heaped praise on more than 600 teenagers for their very impressive drills as they passed out from the British ’s flagship training establishment today (Thurs, 13 Feb, 2020).

The Prince said he had heard how difficult and challenging the recent weather had made their preparations for the Parade at The Foundation College in and congratulated all the junior soldiers for an excellent turnout.

HRH Prince Edward added:

I know you will have gained confidence, resilience, a sense of teamwork and leadership during your time here and these are all qualities which will stay with you for the rest of your lives.

Everyone on parade today should feel very proud of what they have achieved.

The Prince was in attendance at as the Queen’s representative and as the Senior Inspecting Officer. He inspected the junior soldiers, presented prizes and took the salute as the military parade passes the dais.

The College at Uniacke Barracks in Penny Pot Lane, , runs two types of course – a 42-week-long course and a shorter 22-week course both of which train junior soldiers destined for a wide variety of Army careers.

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 Royal Logistic Corps.

A company of junior soldiers on the shorter 22-week course designed for other cap badges will head for the longer more specialised phase of their training which could include being a vehicle mechanic with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers or to becoming a communications system operator with the Royal Signals.

Both the courses provide a unique combination of military basic training and vocational training to the junior soldiers.

The graduation parade at Uniacke Barracks was the finale for the junior soldiers and thousands of relatives and friends turned to watch the junior soldiers graduate despite the very wintry conditions.

The college opened in 1988 and accommodates 1,344 junior soldiers.




Please share the news
  • 165
    Shares

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Reece North of Harden Grove, appeared for sentencing at York Crown Court on 12 February
Previous Story

Bradford man given 2-years in prison for dealing heroin and crack cocaine in Harrogate

Andrew Jones, MP; Dan Finn, CEO of the Youth Trust; Jenny Byers, Young Leaders coordinator at St John’s; Alex Hope, headteacher; Roger Hewitt, town crier
Next Story

Archbishop of York Young Leaders