VIDEO: Harrogate military parade

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Nearly 700 junior soldiers marched in their military graduation parade at Harrogate’s Army Foundation College.

The soldiers marched on the parade ground at Uniacke Barracks in front of more than 4,500 relatives and friends.

The largest Parade of soldiers in the UK march past the Inspecting Officer on the main square at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate for the Graduation Parade.

The largest Parade of soldiers in the UK march past the Inspecting Officer on the main square at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate for the Graduation Parade.

The parade was the largest in Europe outside of the Trooping of the Colour, held in London.

The soldiers, from Cambria, Peninsula and Burma companies, marched on the parade ground at Uniacke Barracks.

The Head of the Army’s Theatre Troops, Major General Tim Radford, inspected the parade, watched by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Oz Lane and members of his staff.

Lieutenant Colonel Lane said: “The graduation parade marks the culmination of 12 months of hard work for the young men and women of Cambrai, Peninsula and Burma Companies.

“After a well-earned summer break, our junior soldiers can look forward to their specialist training before embarking on the busy, rewarding careers that lie ahead of them.”

The College now takes in Junior Soldiers on two types of course – a short 22 week course and a longer 42 week course. The new short course will deliver basic training to the junior soldiers before they leave to follow their longer and more specialist technical training. They will have the opportunity to gain Non-Vocational Qualifications in English, Maths and ICT as well as driver theory training.

The longer course consists of a unique combination of military skills and vocational qualifications before the Junior Soldiers move on to phase 2 training in their chosen trade or specialism. They have had the opportunity to achieve a City and Guilds apprenticeship for Information Technology users at Level 2, incorporating Functional Skills. Many have also achieved a Duke of Edinburgh award.

See the Harrogate Advertiser on Thursday, August 22 for more pictures.