Grangemouth reservist on march to become a soldier

Army reservist Andrew Macgregor has passed the first phase of his training
Army reservist Andrew Macgregor has passed the first phase of his training
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An Army reservist’s hard work in the trenches has paid off after passing the first stage of his soldier training.

Andrew Macgregor from Stenhousemuir passed out during a parade at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh last Sunday.

It followed an intensive three-week course that saw him trained up to the same standards as his counterparts in the regular Army.

The father-of-two, who works in agricultural drainage in his day job, serves with 153 Field Company, 106 Battlion REME based in Central Avenue, Grangemouth.

Andrew (38) said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the exercise. I am looking to better my career and have wanted to join the Army for a long time.”

Officer commanding the exercise, Major Richard Barker, said: “Members of the Army Reserve are ready and willing to volunteer and share the same risks as the Regulars.

“The recruits have been taking part in military skills training which concentrates on key soldiering skills such as fitness, handling and firing a weapon, foot drill, first aid, navigation, and living in the field.

“It is all about learning by doing, so the recruits have been taking part in a number of exercises that have tested them in realistic conditions.

“It is hard work, but they work as part of a team and are trained to encourage and support each other.”