A 40-year-old lorry driver from Alfreton has joined the Army Reserve.
Sapper Clive Hickingbottom marched off the parade square at Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, Grantham on Friday, having completed his basic training.
Clive has joined 350 Field Squadron, 73 Engineer Regiment. The Squadron is based at Foresters House, Chilwell and meets every Tuesday night.
A spokeswoman for the Army said: “The two-week residential course taught him everything he needs to fulfill his role within the Army Reserve including military terminology, drill, shooting, physical fitness, weapon handling, first aid, field craft and map reading.”
In civilian life Clive is a lorry driver for Warburtons.
He said: “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and changing jobs made it possible. I wanted to give it a go before I got too old. I just wanted something new and to gain some new skills.”
A long distance runner Clive keeps himself fit. He also regularly attends the gym.
He said: “Learning drill was the best bit. I also enjoyed the map reading and field work, but the drill when you get it right looks brilliant and it teaches good discipline.
“I was very nervous as we started marching onto the Square for our Pass Off.
“But half way down the road I could see everyone and I relaxed. I saw my family and friends and I thought ‘I’ve done it’. It’s something to be proud of.”
Clive’s wife Louise Jackson, mother-in-law Sue and sister-in-law Louise Sludds were there to see him Pass Off.
“Initially I didn’t like the idea of him joining to be honest. But I know what it means to him. It was brilliant to see him on parade achieving what he wanted to do and I completely accept it now.”
The Phase One course is delivered by 5 Training Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) whose instructors have been specially selected and trained for their role. Their main task is to lead recruits through their training.