TWO north Northumberland teenagers have taken their first steps into Army life.
Daniel Spence and David Graham have signed up as vehicle mechanics at a ceremony watched by family and friends at Berwick Barracks.
For 17-year-old Daniel, from Amble, this will not be his first experience of the Army.
Formerly a corporal in his local Army cadet detachment, Daniel said it is this which inspired his career move into the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
He said: “I joined the cadets when I was younger because I wanted an exciting hobby and didn’t ever think my decision to join would go on to shape the rest of my life.
“But the truth is it has. When it was time for me to decide what career path I should take, I really couldn’t imagine being happy in a typical nine-to-five role or stuck in a stuffy office all day. I wanted a job that could provide me with a trade for life and variety, and the Army can offer this and more.”
Daniel will now start his military training at Army Training Regiment Bassingbourn in Cambridgeshire.
Joining Daniel at training in Bassingbourn will be 19-year-old David, from Seahouses.
David follows in his grandfather’s military footsteps and as such also has a sound appreciation of what will be required of him during his Army career.
He said: “When I tell people I’m joining the Army they presume I will be on the front line and they’re surprised when I say that I’m going to train to become a vehicle mechanic.
“They don’t seem to realise that being a soldier can mean many things.
“I’m really looking forward to starting my training. I’ve been told that it’s going to be hard work, but I’m prepared for it and not afraid to get stuck in and learn my trade.”
Once qualified as vehicle mechanics, Daniel and David will be called upon to provide maintenance and repair to the Army’s huge fleet of vehicles, enabling troops to remain mobile overseas, ensuring vital resources reach their destinations and keeping day-to-day operations ticking over.
Having supported both recruits, Warrant Officer Class Two, Allan Wilson from the Army Careers Information Office in Ashington, said: “For both Daniel and David they have been fortunate enough to have had some experience of military life and they have already showed the commitment required of a successful soldier. I am confident that they will not only excel in their forthcoming training, but also develop to become soldiers that they and their family can be incredibly proud of.”