Eyemouth teenager in Army graduation parade

Hundreds of Junior Soldiers '“ including 17-year-old Aidan Crowe, from Eyemouth '“ last week celebrated their graduation in a military passing-out parade.

Saturday, 4th March 2017, 7:39 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:47 am
Aidan Crowe from Eyemouth joins the Royal Regiment of Scotland after his passing out parade at Harrogate

The passing-out parade marks the completion of the soldiers’ British Army Junior Entry training at Uniacke Barracks, where they are all paid to train.

The prestigious ceremony is the culmination of many months of hard work and determination from all those graduating. Their final training exercise is an intense, 30-hour battle camp challenge across the Yorkshire Dales encompassing all the training they’ve learned during their time at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.

Junior Soldier Crowe, who studied at Eyemouth High School, will go on to serve with the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

He said: “Graduating from AFC Harrogate in front of my friends and family is something that I am very proud of doing. They are all really proud and happy for me. As a Junior Soldier you learn core life skills such as leadership, teamwork and determination. I have made loads of friends and met new people, and have become much more confident in my own ability. I’ve been paid really well for someone of my age and I’ve got some really useful qualifications.”