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A UK first
A Company of soldiers in Catterick Garrison have become the first in the UK to complete training and pass out under the reign of HM King Charles III.
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A proud day
Nearly 60 recruits from the Infantry Training Centre marched off the parade square in front of friends and family on Friday 30 September, marking the conclusion of their 28-week course.
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Show of support
Although the weather took a turn for the worse at the North Yorkshire base, the wind and rain did little to dampen spirits, with D Company cheered on by the delighted crowd and supported by the British Army Band Catterick.
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'Tip of the sword'
The recruits, made up of various line infantry cap badges including The Yorkshire Regiment and The Rifles, were praised by Inspecting Officer Major General Bewick OBE, who labelled the infanteers as ‘the tip of the Army’s sword’ in a rousing speech.
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Rerevaka na kalou ka doka na Tui
To conclude the celebrations, and in anticipation of Fiji Day on 10 October, a small group of Fijian soldiers broke into song and treated the crowd to a traditional hymn.
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Britain's front line troops
The Combat Infantry Course, which has four iterations (Guards, Gurkhas, line infantry, and paratroopers), builds up military skills and fitness at a gradual pace.
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During training, recruits are taught the importance of Army values and standards, and learn that being a soldier is about putting others first while having the courage to do the right thing in any given situation.