Two teens from Heanor and Aldercar joined 35 young people who pledged to serve their Queen and country as they took their first step in their Army career.
Kieran Purdy and Benjamin Whitworth were two of Kieran Purdy, 16, from Aldercar and Benjamin Whitworth, 16, from Heanor took the oath of allegiance at a special ceremony at Nottingham’s City Council House in front of their proud parents and the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Leon Unczur.
Both had to pass medical and fitness tests before taking the oath. They will now go on to basic training as they follow their dreams of joining the Army.
Kieran who attended Aldercar Community Language College has joined the infantry, his chosen Regiment is the Grenadier Guards. As a junior soldier he will complete a 49-week course at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate before going onto his Phase 2 training at ITC Catterick.
He said: “I’ve always been interested in the Army. I’m looking forward to the training. I want to do something with my life and being in the Army will give me the opportunity to do things that other people won’t get the opportunity to do.”
His mum and dad Lee and Nicola said: “We are obviously proud of him. It what he wants to do and we are fully supportive, but obviously as parents we will also worry about him.”
Benjamin from Heanor has joined the Army to be a driver. The 16-year-old who has just finished school has wanted to join since an early age. He said: “I wanted to get a trade that I could transfer across once I leave the Army. I’m looking forward to the training and going on operations.”
The teenager’s mum and dad, Paul and Debra said: “He’s been interested in the Army since he was four-years old when he saw an Army stand at an event we were attending.”
A keen rugby player he hopes one day to represent the Army at the game.