Teenage soldier aims to treat the wounded in Royal Army Medical Corps

PUBLISHED: 12:28 20 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:29 20 April 2018

Travis Piper-Clarke, 17, has completed his British Army Junior Entry training.
Picture: Richard Watt

Travis Piper-Clarke, 17, has completed his British Army Junior Entry training. Picture: Richard Watt

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A Great Yarmouth teenager’s aim to treat wounded soldiers and civilians has become reality after he graduated from training.

Travis Piper-Clarke, 17, has completed his British Army Junior Entry training and took part in a pass off parade at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.

The junior soldier will now go on to serve in the Royal Army Medical Corps.

He said: “Graduating from AFC Harrogate in front of my friends and family is something that I am very proud of doing.

“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 gained useful qualifications. I’m now looking forward to the next stage of my Army career.”

The pass off parade marked the completion of the soldiers’ British Army Junior Entry training at Uniacke Barracks, where they are all paid to train while they learn new skills such as the qualities of a soldier, battlefield casualty drills, fitness training and Skills at Arms.

The prestigious ceremony in full British Army uniform is the culmination of many months of hard work and determination from all the Junior Soldiers graduating.

Their final training exercise is an intense, seven-day battle camp taking place in various training areas across the UK encompassing all the training they have received during their time at AFC Harrogate.

They will now go on to serve in various Corps and Regiments of the British Army to begin the next part of their specialist training, where they will learn how to do their jobs at home and abroad. Junior Soldiers go on to become engineers, IT specialists, infantry soldiers, as well as more technical specialists.

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Hall, commanding officer AFC Harrogate, said: “All the Junior Soldiers who have graduated should be proud of all that they have achieved during their time at AFC Harrogate.

“The training these Junior Soldiers go through leads to excellent opportunities for personal and professional development. By choosing an Army career, they now belong to one of the most respected organisations in the world.”

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