Aidan Crowe, 17, of Eyemouth, is one of hundreds of junior soldiers who celebrated their graduation at a military passing out parade at Harrogate in North Yorkshire.
They will now go on to serve in various corps and regiments of the British Army to begin the next part of their specialist training as engineers, IT specialists, infantry soldiers, or other technical specialists.
Junior Soldier Crowe, who studied at Eyemouth High School, will go on to serve with the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
He said: “Graduating from AFC Harrogate in front of my friends and family is something that I am very proud of doing. They are all really proud and happy for me.
“As a junior soldier, you learn core life skills such as leadership, teamwork and determination. I have made loads of friends and met new people, and have become much more confident in my own ability.
“I’ve been paid really well for someone of my age, and I’ve got some really useful qualifications. I’m now really looking forward to the next stage of my Army career.”
Appealing to possible future recuits, Lieutenant Colonel William Strickland, commanding officer of AFC Harrogate, said: “The training these soldiers go through is tough but undeniably leads to excellent opportunities for personal and career development and allows people’s talents and skills to shine through.
“The Army will give you the chance to belong to one of the most respected organisations in the world and pursue a job that will make a positive difference.”
Every year, AFC Harrogate takes in 1,350 school-leavers in two intakes a year.
Junior soldiers receive a full salary to train from day one, paying more than £1,000 a month. Once they graduate, they can expect regular pay reviews and promotion paths, as well as 38 days leave a year.
For more information on Army careers, visit www. army.mod.uk/belong