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Junior soldier from Lanark clinches top prize at Army Foundation College

Maxwell is looking forward to the next step of his training in Catterick

A teenage soldier from Lanark won a top prize when he graduated from the Army Foundation College.

Junior Soldier Maxwell Spence, 17, was awarded the Education Award in his company at the prestigious military training establishment.

The former Lanark Grammar pupil was presented with his prize as part of a passing out parade from the college in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

More than 400 Junior Soldiers graduated from the college last week, going on to do their Phase 2 training.

The college opened in 1998 and provides training for soldiers destined for all the Army’s many career paths. It runs two types of courses, a 20-week course and a longer 40-week course, with intakes in September and March.

There is a strong focus on education at the college and students also have the opportunity to sample a wide variety of sports and adventure training.

Maxwell said: “I was surprised and happy to be awarded the prize and am really looking forward to going on to the next phase of my training in Catterick.”

More than 2,000 family members and friends watched the Junior Soldiers take part in the largest military graduation parade in the country, inspected by Maj General Paul Nanson CBE, Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

“Eleven months ago the Junior Soldiers of Waterloo Company embarked upon this journey, and they were joined six months ago by those of Cambrai Company,” said Lieutenant Colonel Rich Hall, the Commanding Officer of the Army Foundation College.

“These soldiers represent the very best of our nation’s young people. I have no doubt that they are fully prepared for their second phase of training which will be every bit as important as what they have achieved to date. Looking ahead, I am certain that they will acquit themselves well in the Field Army.”