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Soldiers from the Welsh Cavalry earn their first stripes

Cavalrymen who overcame simulated attacks, completed night-time patrols and learnt the theory of leadership have taken their first steps on the promotional ladder.

Cavalrymen who overcame simulated attacks, completed night-time patrols and learnt the theory of leadership have taken their first steps on the promotional ladder.

1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, based at Robertson Barracks, Swanton Morley, organised a three-week Potential Non-Commissioned Officers selection course for nine Troopers to give them the skills to promote from Private to Lance Corporal.

The end of the course saw the soldiers proudly march onto the parade square for their pass off parade.

Lance Corporal is where leadership of private soldiers is at its most intimate and human.

Over the next few weeks and months many of the soldiers will receive their first stripe as they are promoted to Lance Corporal.

Colonel David Wakefield, the Deputy Commander of 7 Infantry Brigade of which the Regiment is a part, said: "Lance Corporal is one of the most important ranks in the British Army - soldiering is a human endeavour and Lance Corporal is where leadership of private soldiers is at its most intimate and human."

The selection course saw the soldiers complete a mixture of theoretical lessons and a range of packages including leadership training, navigation skills and living in the field.

Lance Corporals supervise a small team of up to four soldiers called a section.