A YOUNG man from Kirriemuir was one of over 100 Territorial Army recruits to take part in a Passing Out parade on Sunday, August 7 in Edinburgh.
Former Webster’s High School pupil Stephen Neil Cameron (aged 19), recently completed the TA’s intensive five-week basic training course, the Exercise Summer Challenge 2011.
Stephen Neil will shortly begin life as a Private with the TA in 7 SCOTS, the northern TA battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
Stephen Neil commented: “The Summer Challenge has been a great experience; it was five weeks of learning new things, meeting new people and getting a taste for what life in the TA will be like.
“I’m really into football and running so the fitness side of things was really fun, and we also had the chance to spend a week doing outdoor activities in Aviemore.
“I’m looking forward to life in the TA; it offers some really great opportunities and life experience.”
The Summer Challenge 2011 syllabus put over 100 TA recruits through their paces, with weapons training, fitness, drill, navigation and more. The five weeks culminated in the Passing Out parade in Edinburgh on Sunday 7th August.
Lieutenant Colonel Charlie Platt, Commanding Officer of 6 SCOTS explained: “Five weeks is precious little time to turn a civilian into a trained TA soldier; the pace is inevitably fast and consequently challenging for both recruits and their instructors.
“TA personnel have a vital role in supporting operations and this training provides the foundation for them.”
To find out more about the TA Summer Challenge contact your local TA Unit - find it at www.army.mod.uk/join. Details of the TA Experience, a 24-hour course for potential TA applicants, are also available online, simply search for ‘TA Experience’.