Graduation Parade at AFC Harrogate

Junior Soldiers from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate reached the first milestone in their military careers yesterday as they marched onto the regimental parade square for their graduation from training.

The Army Foundation College in Harrogate opened in 1998 and is the Army’s flagship training establishment for young soldiers. It provides training for soldiers destined for all the Army’s career paths and provides training for over 1344 junior soldiers.

During their time at the college the students are taught basic military skills and can also achieve vocational qualifications, City and Guilds apprenticeships and take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

The graduation parade is the largest in Europe and is only exceeded in size by the Trooping of the Colour in London.

Following the parade the students will go on for further specialist training before finally joining their units and moving forward with their military careers.

HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex was the senior inspecting officer for the graduation parade.

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