Rifleman Jason Baxter, from Stenhousemuir, was named best recruit after completing the Combat Infantryman’s Course at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire.
His platoon commander, Lieutenant Tom Jamison, said: “Rifleman Baxter has won the Best Recruit award. While he has excelled in the military aspects of the course, his attitude to training has set him apart from his peers, he never faltered. This is a coveted award and it has gone to a worthy winner.”
Rifleman Baxter received his award at the pass out parade ceremony at the Infantry Training Centre on November 4.
He said: “The course at Catterick was exactly what I expected, it’s tough in parts and it has its ups and downs but the training team is there to make sure you get through it. They’re helpful and really patient. I never thought of myself as the best recruit, I just tried to put my best effort in all the time.
“My parents are really happy for me, but I did have to explain what the award meant.”
Rifleman Baxter will complete a two weeks’ driver training course before taking some well- earned leave and joining his new unit the 5th Battalion The Rifles in Bulford.