A soldier from Raunds has been given a top award.
Rifleman Michael Calders, 22, has been awarded the Best Recruit prize on completing the Combat Infantryman’s Course at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire.
Rifleman Calders’ platoon commander said: “He has performed to an excellent standard across the whole course.
“He has maintained a very high standard with a confident blend of professionalism, humour and enthusiasm.
“He should be very proud of himself.”
Rifleman Calders described hearing his name called out as the Best Recruit as “a pleasant shock” and said it was something he had not expected.
He described the course as “tough, sometimes it can be painful, sometimes emotional. I was in a good platoon and we helped each other through it all.”
Joining the Army was something Rifleman Calders had wanted to do since he was a young teenager.
He said: “I did a few things before I got around to actually joining, a few temporary jobs, travelled a bit.
“I came back from a job in Italy and after a couple of months I was in the Army.
“One of the things that appeals about the Army is that it is a secure job, you can make a career of it if you want to.”
Following two weeks of driver training and some well earned leave Rifleman Calders will join his new unit the 3rd Battalion The Rifles based in Edinburgh.
Rifleman Calders was due to receive his award at the pass out parade ceremony at the Infantry Training Centre on November 23.