Former student Connor Patterson is most of the way through his basic training to join the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Connor has just passed out of 49 weeks of training at Harrogate and he now has a further 12 weeks at another garrison before he joins his regiment full time. He wore his ceremonial dress comprising a jacket, Gordon tartan kilt, horsetail sporran, spats, jacket and a glengarry for his passing out parade which was attended by his family.
As he enters the final part of his training his fitness regime will become increasingly tough. At the start of basic training Connor kept fit by running with a 15kg bergen and worked his way up to a 25kg load. During the next stage he will progress to running 10 miles with a 45kg bergen, plus webbing, weapon and body armour.
He said: ‘It is the same training but this time it will be more intense, more physically demanding with longer runs and a bit more weight and more sleep deprivation. I think I have got more disciplined, not being a little menace around school like I used to be! I am much stronger because I am doing more and putting my body through stuff that I have never done before.
‘The Army are big on fitness and sports. If you want to become a skiing instructor they will pay for you to get that qualification so I am hoping to do skiing and carry on with my rugby and see what other sports opportunities are out there for me. Once I join my regiment in a front-line infantry role I could be sent out wherever there is a conflict around the world.’