Army

Military holds first passing out parade of 2023 as Army welcomes 67 new reservists

Watch: ATR Grantham hosts the first passing out parade of 2023.

The British Army has welcomed 67 newly trained reservist soldiers into its ranks at the UK Armed Forces' first passing out parade of 2023.

The parade at Army Training Regiment (ATR) Grantham, Lincolnshire, marked the end of the three modules that new recruits must complete during their basic training.

Skills learned over the training include weapon handling, fieldcraft and drill.

Passing out was a proud moment for the recruits who have faced freezing temperatures for the past fortnight.

Gunner Thomas Oulton said: "It's been everything from really enjoyable, quite stressful, very tiring, very exhausting but utterly rewarding.

67 new soldiers have joined the British Army reserves
Sixty-seven new soldiers have joined the British Army reserves.

"As a civilian, we're probably a bit slack around the edges, but we've been getting into the catch of things, not dithering, pulling your socks up, and pushing through."

ATR Grantham is the British Army's primary location for reservist Phase 1 training and is where the reservists' training culminated with a two-week intensive course.

The troops were inspected by Brigadier Ladd, Deputy Director Land Warfare
The troops were inspected by Brigadier Ladd, Deputy Director Land Warfare.

Warrant Officer Class 1 Melita Jarvis, the regimental sergeant major of the parade, said "a few" often drop out of the training "because they can't make that transition" but was full of praise for the latest cohort.

She said: "It is the arduous, hard, dedicated work and determination they need to continue on for those two weeks.

"If we take just this course in itself, we were -6° out in the field. They could simply put their hand up, but no, they didn't.

"So how proud they were on that parade today, you could hopefully see it in their eyes, and the way they structured themselves as well."

With basic training complete, the reservists now move on to specific courses for the roles of their respective cap badges.