A range of cap badges were represented as more than 60 new recruits attended the recent pass out parade in Surrey signifying that they had successfully passed their Phase 1 training.
These soldiers come from all walks of life but the one thing they have in common is they are now prepared to commit themselves to the military and service as and when called upon.
After more than three weeks of intense training, families gathered to applaud their sons and daughters marching in front of them on the parade square. WO2 Andrew Manning 679 Sqn Army Air Corps said:
“It’s always a proud moment when you see young people coming in as civilians then leaving here as soldiers.”
During their time at the facility in Surrey, the recruits learned the basic soldiering skills required to see them through to the next phase of training which will now take place within their chosen regiments.
To hear from some of those passing out and those whose job it was to get them through the training, listen below.
The training is broken down into Phase 1 Alpha and Phase 1 Bravo. Alpha lasts one week and covers core skills from weapons handling to the values and standards of the British Army.
Bravo lasts 16 days and consists of firing on live ranges, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) training and a four-day exercise in the field.
In addition, the recruits were taught fundamental lessons such as Law Of Armed Conflict (LOAC), Battlefield Casualty Drills (BCD) and Explosive Ordnance Threats (EOT).
They follow in the footsteps of the thousands who have passed out of the centre both reserve and regular over the years. Brigadier David Harrington Deputy Commander, Reserves said:
“Having these reserves means we have a larger army to deploy if required en masse against our near peer enemies.”