'This Is Really The Start Of Their Journey': New Reservists Welcomed

They have been honing their skills with live firing, section level tactical and fieldcraft drills during weeks of intense training.

The newest members of the Army reserves have been celebrating the end of their initial training.

Personnel from across Scotland and northern England have been on their Phase 1 course over the last few weeks.

Fusilier Rebecca Strawbridge, from 5th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, said she was looking forward to potential future deployments and learning new skills.

"Definitely very excited to start", she said.

"I'm looking forward to the next stage of training."

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The new reservists from a range of regiments have been going through weeks of intense training.

Gunner Robert Morris, from 101 Northumberland Gunners Royal Artillery, said:

"It was challenging at times but it was really good...

"The friends I've made will be friends for life."

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The Highlanders Pipes and Drums played as senior officers congratulated the recruits.

The reservists have also been honing their skills with live firing, section level tactical and fieldcraft drills.

"This is really the start of their journey," said Lieutenant Colonel Darren Keogh, Commanding Officer, of the Army Training Unit Scotland.

Lt Col Keogh added: "This is the first stepping stone to go on to hopefully have a very successful career in the Army reserves."