Junior soldier Lucas Inglis, 17, graduated with an impressive reward from the prestigious Army Foundation College in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
The former Donington Thomas Cowley High School pupil, from Spalding, was presented with the Cowper Cup as he was named best in adventure training during a leavers’ parade.
Lucas said: “I’ve really changed since being at the Army Foundation College, I’ve really grown in terms of my mentality to life and my maturity.”
Over 600 junior soldiers graduated from the military training establishment to go on to do their Phase Two training.
More than 4,000 friends and family watched the junior soldiers take part in the largest military graduation parade in the country.
During a speech, Lieutenant General Thomas Beckett CBE, Defence Senior Advisor Middle East, said: “There is no other Phase One training establishment in the NATO nations that invests so much money into the training of its young soldiers.”
At the college, junior soldiers like Lucas, who do the Phase One course, have the opportunity to sample a wide range of sport and adventure training as well as having a strong focus on education.
The college runs two types of courses for 16-17 year olds. There’s a 49-week course for those wanting to join the infantry, Royal Armoured Corps/Household Cavalry, Royal Artillery or the Royal Logistic Corps.
There is also a 23-week course for those joining courses with longer Phase 2 training for students wanting to be Royal Electronic and Mechanical Engineers, Royal Engineers, Royal Signals, Adjutant General’s Corps, Royal Army Medical Corps, Army Air Corps or with the Royal Logistic Corps.