Midlothian youngsters all set for life in the army

The new Army recruits - back row: Callum Mitchell, Neil Millar, Matthew Taylor, Callum Wood; front row: Kieran Craig and Ryan Cook.
The new Army recruits - back row: Callum Mitchell, Neil Millar, Matthew Taylor, Callum Wood; front row: Kieran Craig and Ryan Cook.

SIX young Midlothian army recruits took their Oath of Allegiance in the iconic surrounds of Edinburgh Castle last week.

The six recruits from Penicuik and Gorebridge were among 14 from the Lothians who attended the ceremony alongside friends and family.

Major Tim Smalley, area recruiting officer for Edinburgh, addressed the recruits before asking them to take the oath.

Callum Mitchell (16), a former pupil of Beeslack Community High School in Penicuik, attended alongside his mother, Kathleen Mitchell.

Callum revealed that the army was a family affair for the Mitchells, adding: “My dad is in the army, I’ve always wanted to join. I think it’s the lifestyle and the different opportunities you have that attract me. I’ll be going to the Army Foundation College in Harrogate for Phase 1 training. I can’t wait to get started.”

Callum took the oath alongside Kieran Craig (16); Neil Millar (16), Midlothian; Callum Mitchell (16); Matthew Taylor (16); Ryan Cook (17) all Penicuik; and Callum Wood (16) from Gorebridge.

The recruits will shortly begin Phase 1 training, which will introduce them to the army’s core values and cover basic military skills such as tactics, weapon handling, first aid and map reading.

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