Two soldiers from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment have recently completed their Combat Infantryman’s course after a challenging 28 weeks of education and training.
Private William Dodd and Private Alexander Davis both completed the Combat Infantryman’s Course in North Yorkshire and passed out on 16 September as part of Prince of Wales Division 4 Platoon, and were proudly watched by their parents and Captain Jon Roberts from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment.
The Infantry Training Centre is located in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire. All recruits joining the infantry undertake Infantry training here, consisting of Field-craft, Skill at Arms, Fitness training, Qualities of a soldier, Military knowledge, Driving, Battlefield casualty drills, Individual health and education.
Private William Dodd, 18 said: “Since I was about 12 years old I’ve wanted to join the Army. My friends and family encouraged me to join and now it’s a tremendous achievement to be passing out. I mostly enjoyed the physical training on the course, being pushed to do things I never thought I was capable of and getting to bond as a team with the other guys in my section. Now I’m just looking forward to getting to Battalion and meeting all the other guys.”
Private Alexander Davis 20 said: “It’s been a long road for me here at ITC. I injured my back early on in training and had to go home to recover before I could start training again. Since then my focus has been on getting through the course and getting to Battalion. I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved and how much I’ve grown, and I’m looking forward to further training in the Royal Gibraltar Regiment where I can prove my skills as an individual.“
Both soldiers will now complete two weeks of driver training before taking some well earned leave. They will then join I Company in October.