Private Fraser Reid, 24, successfully completed the Combat Infantryman’s Course at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire.
He was honoured with the Soldiers’ Soldier award.
His platoon commander, Captain Henry Douglas, said: “This award goes to the recruit who his peers think is the best soldier in the platoon, so it’s a highly regarded award.
“He has put in 100% during the gruelling six month course. I am not surprised that the majority of the platoon voted for him, he is very highly thought of.”
Private Reid will receive his award at the pass out parade ceremony at the Infantry Training Centre on April 24.
Private Reid said: “Before I joined the army I worked in factories on zero-hours contracts, which was terrible.
“There was no way I was ever going to create a career that way, so I joined the army. Creating a decent career is really important for me, I want to better myself. When I’m older and I look back on my life, I want to be able to say I have made something of myself.
“The course at Catterick is hard at times, but it’s obviously achievable.
“The more effort you put into it the more you seem to progress.
“I’ve never won an award before, it was a bit of a surprise getting this one – actually I was quite overwhelmed when I was told I had won it. My family are chuffed for me; they have been right behind me throughout the course.”
Private Reid will now go on some well-earned leave before joining his new unit, the 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland in Belfast.