Two Hartlepool teenagers are set for successful Army careers after completing the first stage of their training.
Royal Engineers Rob Hilton and Luke Hornsey, both 17, passed out from the Army Foundation College at Harrogate following a gruelling six months of Phase One Training.
The pair, who played in the same junior rugby teams at Hartlepool Rovers, were amongst 584 soldiers who paraded in front of their proud families.
Rob, a former Head Boy at St Hild’s Church of England School, and Luke, a former student of Manor College of Technology, were taught a range of military skills during their Phase One Training, including marksmanship and outdoor survival.
They also visited the D-Day beaches at Normandy in France. They will now move on to their Phase Two Training as Armoured Engineers, spending a further 14 weeks in Surrey and 17 weeks in Dorset before joining their units.
Rob, whose family live in Talland Close at Clavering, said: “We were all pushed to the limit but it was a great feeling to mark the successful completion of Phase One Training by parading in front of our families.
Luke, whose family live in Jutland Road, added: “Phase One Training was really tough and challenging but we proved that we have what it takes to join the British Army, and we are now really looking forward to the next stage of our training.”