Recruits 'can't wait to get stuck into training'
SIX local lads have several months of tough training ahead of them as they prepare to pack their bags to join the army.
The driven lads passed intense interviews from the Armed Forces Career Offices on Freeman Street, Grimsby, and four of them are set to join the Royal Anglian Regiment.
Christopher Todd, 24, from Cleethorpes, is joining the Royal Military Police.
He said: "For a year and a half I have been focusing on my physical training to get ready for training in Southwick.
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"I have been focusing on sit-ups, push-ups and mainly running.
"I'm proud to get my Oath of Alliance certificate because it makes it more official – I won't miss home because I can't wait to get stuck into my training."
Senior entry Modou Manneh, 31, from New Waltham will be entering the Royal Anglian Regiment, said that he "feels good" that he has got into the forces.
"I'm pleased to be finally in the infantry and it is something I have wanted to do for a long time," he said.
"I will be going to Catterick to the Infantry Training Centre for 28 weeks of training.
"It has been tough getting here with pre-selection and interviews – but I know this to come will be even tougher."
Alistar Thomas, 20, from Grimsby will also be joining the Royal Anglian Regiment, and it has taken him two years to join because he had to have a tattoo removed from his neck.
He said: "I feel really good that I have finally got my oath and I will finally be able to get training.
"I won't be missing my family because I will be too busy to think whilst training."
Jordan Goodey, 18, from Grimsby is joining the Royal Anglian infantry and he is looking forward to "living out in a field."
"I have always wanted to join the forces but I will really miss home and my girlfriend," he added.
"I'm looking forward to living out, exercises and long, tough nights – I know it's going to be hard work!
"I am waiting to know when I will be going for training but I think it will be January or February."
Juniors, Harry Munson, 16, from Grimsby and Andreas Fox, 16, from Keelby will also be joining the Royal Anglian infantry.
Harry said: "I run around three miles twice a week and do boxing three times in a week to keep fit.
"I'm excited and nervous at the same time about going."
Andreas added: "I want to learn to be self-reliant and I have got 47 weeks of training – I'm really looking forward to it."
Sergeant Mark Thurman, graded their applications. He said: "These guys have been selected because they have made the grade and they are worthy of joining the forces.
"We have done all we can for them and now they have put their all into the training.
"To be a good candidate they have to be motivated and disciplined."