Burnham soldier, 17, graduates at prestigious army parade
young soldier from Burnham-On-Sea has graduated from the Army
Foundation College in a prestigious ceremony.
Ben Rogers, 17, from Burnham, was one of nearly 700 junior soldiers
to graduate from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, North
Yorkshire in a parade marking the culmination of a year of hard
work and commitment.
graduation ceremony coincides with a nationwide recruitment drive
called 'Step Up', with the Army looking to recruit 10,000 new
soldiers and officers into around 220 different roles.
campaign looks to dispel the misconception that the Army is not
recruiting after recent statistics revealed that only half of
all people surveyed realised that the Army is looking for new
Rogers joined hundreds of teenagers, who were cheered on by relatives
and friends, who had travelled from all over the country to Uniacke
Barracks to watch them on their special day.
Army Foundation College (AFC) in Harrogate trains young people
to become junior soldiers for the various Corps and Regiments
of the Army. Junior entrants must be aged from 16 years to 17
years and 5 months on commencing training.
at AFC Harrogate, recruits get the opportunity to combine military
training whilst continuing education in key subjects such as numeracy
and literacy. Adventurous training and sports are a key part of
who is going to be joining the Rifles and will continue his training
at Catterick, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "A career in the Army
is a chance of a lifetime, and I cannot wait to begin at Catterick.
I am very proud and excited to be moving onto phase 2 of my training,
where I will be able to develop further and gain invaluable leadership,
teamwork and organisational skills."
junior soldiers, who have undergone a unique combination of military
skills and vocational qualifications, will now receive specialist
phase 2 training. The Army offers young people a wide range of
career choices ranging from combat roles to medical, engineering,
HR and intelligence.
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. It will develop you and show you the strengths
you didn't know you had."
matter what its size, the Army is always recruiting to ensure
we have enough quality junior ranks and young officers to sustain
the organisation and keep it ready for the challenges of the future.
We pride ourselves on recruiting individuals who demonstrate talent
and promise, and then provide them with all the training and development
opportunities they need."
Step Up campaign includes TV adverts which show the
audience - through the perspective of a pair of iconic Army boots
- the potential journey that any soldier might take whilst following
a career in the Army and highlights what it can offer new recruits.
campaign forms part of an improved system designed to streamline
recruitment. Army jobs are now advertised in job centres, and
applicants will be able to apply online from anywhere in the UK.
The vast majority of the application process is now done online.
All applications are administered through the dedicated National
Recruiting Centre, where a mentor is assigned to each applicant
to guide him or her through the process of joining the Regular
Army or the Reserves. For more information about the job opportunities
with the Army, see http://www.army.mod.uk/join/.