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New RG recruits pass out in Catterick

Two new recruits from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment (RG) passed out at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick last week.

Private Knox, aged 19, and Private Moffat, 18, have successfully completed the arduous 26 week Combat Infantry Course.

All infantry soldiers in the British Army must complete the course which teaches the soldier a number of skills from war-fighting tactics through to ceremonial drill.

It is designed to ensure that the newly qualified solider is fully prepared to join their chosen unit and is ready for operational deployment.

Regimental Shepherd, WO2 Donald Drimmie is responsible for the welfare of recruits in both the Army Foundation College based in Harrogate and ITC.

He explains how demanding yet rewarding the training can be, he said: “Basic training can be tough on new recruits, it can be mentally and physically exhausting.”

“Very often it will be their first time away from home and that in itself can be a challenge. It helps to arrive with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. Army life will be very different to their previous life experience, being dedicated and committed to their training will help them develop into disciplined soldiers who understand the importance of core values such as integrity, loyalty and respect for others.”

The recruits will now undergo driver training and enjoy some well-earned time off before returning to the Regiment.