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Burnham soldier graduates from Army Foundation College
A TEENAGE soldier from Burnham has graduated from the Army Foundation College.
Rifleman Ben Rogers (pictured) was one of nearly 700 junior soldiers to graduate from the college in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, in a prestigious parade.
Rifleman Rogers, 17, was cheered on by relatives and friends, who had travelled to Uniacke Barracks to watch the ceremony.
Ben, who is going to be joining the Rifles and will continue his training at Catterick, said: “A career in the Army is a chance of a lifetime.
“I am very proud and excited to be moving onto phase two of my training, where I will be able to develop further and gain invaluable leadership, teamwork and organisational skills.”
The graduation ceremony coincides with a nationwide recruitment drive ‘Step Up’, with the Army looking to recruit 10,000 new soldiers and officers into around 220 different roles.
Brigadier Andrew Jackson, the director of recruiting and training for the Army said: “We are always looking for talented, young people to take up the challenge of a career in the Army.
“No matter what your skills or background, the Army has something to offer you and an Army job provides opportunities to learn much more beyond military skills.”