Four brothers from Whaplode are set for a life as Commandos in the Armed Forces.
A career in the Royal Marines has already begun for Sam (27) and Jack Fowler (18) who passed out at a ceremony in Lympstone, Devon, on Friday.
Sam, who earned his Green Beret in November 2012, inspired Jack to follow in his footsteps and the brothers are now ready to pass on the Royal Marines’ baton to younger brothers Joe (15) and George (17), who has already signed up to join the specialist branch of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.
Jack, whose boxing talents were featured in the Guardian’s Sports Stars of the Future series last July, said: “I didn’t even know anything about the Royal Marines until Sam had signed up.
“I’d always wanted to be in the Army, but Sam told me about the Marines being the best of the best and how you’re just one big family.”
Both Sam and Jack had to successfully complete an intense 32-week training programme, including a 30-mile speed march across Dartmoor carrying 45lbs of equipment and a rifle.
Jack said: “At the end of my training, the Regimental Sergeant Major came up to me, shook my hand and said ‘welcome to the club’.”