New members of the RAF's ceremonial unit have been welcomed after completing an intense five-week course.

RAF recruits compete for Queen's Colour Squadron

The Queen's Colour Squadron represents the RAF at the Cenotaph and the State Opening of Parliament, and has performed its Continuity Drill Displays at public and military events in the UK and across the world.

RAF recruits perform march pattern for Queen's Colour Squadron

The Squadron is made up of Officers and Airmen of the RAF Regiment, the ground fighting force of the Royal Air Force.

RAF recruits perform rifle drill for Queen's Colour Squadron

Former graduate Sergeant Kevin Butterworth admits its a demanding course.

"There's a lot involved, mentally and physically - They're on the square from 8 o'clock in the morning to 5 o'clock"

RAF recruit performs rifle drill for Queen's Colour Squadron

The recruits must perform in front of their peers as well as before the judges.

RAF instructors judge recruits for Queen's Colour Squadron

Leading Aircraftsman George Jones was among the graduates and says he is looking forward to being part of the unit.

"It's been quite a challenge - so to get there in the end it's been really good"

RAF recruits perform march for Queen's Colour Squadron

The Queen's Colour Squadron is likely to have a busy year ahead as the RAF gears up for its 100th birthday celebrations in 2018.

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