Whitby man joins army colleagues of the future

An elistment ceremony took place at Scarborough Town hall for fifteen local recruits taking the oath before embarking on a career in the Army.Picture Dave Kettlewell. 113412'23/08/11
An elistment ceremony took place at Scarborough Town hall for fifteen local recruits taking the oath before embarking on a career in the Army.Picture Dave Kettlewell. 113412'23/08/11

A WHITBY man was among those pledging their future to the Army at a mass enlistment ceremony.

Paul Watson, a 23-year-old from Ruswarp, joined 14 others swearing their oaths of allegiance to the Queen at a ceremony at Scarborough Town Hall a week last Tuesday.

He said he didn’t want to join the Army at first but a few of his friends had joined up and told him about what they were doing and how much they enjoyed it.

After taking the oath he said: “I was nervous but it felt good doing it as a group - the nerves went down a lot.

“It is a big step.”

All of the new recruits have successfully passed through the Army’s Development and Selection Centre.

They are now preparing to start their Army Careers. All fifteen will undertake their basic phase one training at the Army Foundation College in North Yorkshire.

There they will learn basic military skills including: fieldcraft, handling and firing a weapon, first aid, marching with and without a rifle and how to live in the outdoors – which includes camouflage techniques. Once the oaths were taken each of the new recruits were presented with a special certificate. Coun John Blackburn, the mayor of Scarborough, said: “It is quite unusual to have so many from our area at once.

“It’s a very important time for these young people as they begin a very interesting and challenging time of their lives which I am sure they will find very rewarding.”