WATCH: Junior soldiers march towards new careers

WATCH: Junior soldiers march towards new careers

Published at 9:05am 23rd February 2017. (Updated at 4:03pm 23rd February 2017)

Just over 600 junior soldiers have taken part in a graduation parade at Harrogate's Army Foundation College.

16 and 17-year-olds on the 42-week course will now start the second phase of their training in the Infantry, Royal Artillery, Royal Armoured Corps and Royal Logistic Corps.

Those on the 22-week course, which is designed for other cap badges, will head for the longer, more specialist phase of their training, which could be anything from being a vehicle mechanic with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers to becoming a communications systems operator with the Royal Signals.

Both courses provide a unique combination of military basic training and vocational training.

Junior soldiers undertake a number of adventurous training activities, as well as physical and mental challenges, culminating in a 30-hour challenge patrol across the Dales.

 

Thousands of relatives and friends turned out, despite the strong winds and rain brought by Storm Doris.

 

Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Barry Dodd CBE, inspected the young recruits, presented prizes and took the salute as the military parade marched past.

 

Photos from the graduation parade: