A Blackpool junior soldier celebrated his graduation in a military passing out parade at the Army Foundation College, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Jordan Steele, 17, completed the British Army Junior Entry training at Uniacke Barracks.
He 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 Entry soldiers go on to become engineers, IT specialists, infantry soldiers, as well as more technical specialists.
The ceremony is the culmination of many months of hard work and determination from all the Junior Soldiers graduating.
Their final training exercise is a gruelling, 30-hour battle camp challenge across the Yorkshire Dales encompassing all the training they’ve learned during their time at AFC Harrogate.
The British Army recently launched a new campaign to attract Generation Z – 16-24-year-olds – by showing them how they can grow and become better versions of themselves with an Army career. The Army is seeking to grab their attention by telling them: ‘Don’t join the Army, don’t become a better you’.
Junior Soldier Steele, who studied at Carr Hill High School in Kirkham, will go on to serve with the Mercian Regiment.
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.
“I wanted to join the Army because it’s a great lifestyle and it sets you up with a career for life.
“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’m now really looking forward to the next stage of my Army career.”