Ten Sheffield youngsters have signed up for Queen and country after swearing an oath of allegiance and enlisting into the Army’s Yorkshire Regiment.
The recruits - Luke Oliver, Sam Stocks, Joshua Bradley, Isaac Richardson, Domino De Silva, John Richards, Aiden Horsfield, James Badloe, Jake Waters and Charlie Rains - are all aged 17 to 22.
They were presented with certificates after taking part in the ceremony at Sheffield Armed Forces Careers Office, Church Street, in the city centre.
Each of the new soldiers will now begin their new careers at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, where they will undertake an intensive 28-week combat infantryman’s course.
Jake, 19, a former pupil at Myers Grove School Malin Bridge, said: “I can’t wait to get stuck into my training to become a soldier.
“I feel like I’m prepared for the physical demands as I’ve competed competitively in rugby league for South Yorkshire, but I’m sure I’ll have plenty of new challenges to face which will develop my ability to think on my feet.”
Domino, 22, originally from Sri Lanka, said: “I’ve had a brilliant upbringing in my home country, but I wanted to do more than just a regular job.
“The Army enables me to travel all over the world and meet new people.
“Ultimately, it will give me some great experiences such as adventure training, which few people in a regular civilian role will ever get the chance to do.”
Major Keith Tomlinson, the Army’s area recruiting officer for South Yorkshire, said the youngsters were starting a rewarding new chapter of their lives.
He said: “One of the best things about Army life is the unrivalled camaraderie and lifelong friendships you make.
“Because these 10 young men have all enlisted together, they will start to experience that from day one.
“The pride of joining your local regiment is something special.
“Infantrymen play a vital part in the Army both in times of conflict and in peace, because of this the skills they learn are vast and useable not only in military life, but also in civilian life.”