Dalkeith lad Jack Duncan has received his coveted Green Beret, having successfully completed 32 weeks of the hardest initial military training in the world.
The 17-year-old, who went to Dalkeith High School, is now a British Royal Marines Commando. He passed out at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines in Lympstone, Devon, with 127 Troop.
At only 17, Jack was the youngest member of his troop. He said: “The training is hard and challenging, which is why I choose the Royal Marines, but passing out and earning my Green Beret is a great feeling that will live in the memory for a long time.”
The distinctive hallmark of a Royal Marines Commando is the Green Beret. It indicates to others that the wearer has undergone gruelling and physically demanding tests of endurance, by displaying the Commando qualities of unselfishness, cheerfulness under adversity, courage, determination and high professional standards.
“It’s been a fantastic experience and it doesn’t stop here – when I join Fleet Protection Group I could deploy anywhere in the world,” added Jack.
Meanwhile, Cadet Colour Sergeant Nicole Naysmith has been selected as the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for Midlothian for 2011-12.
The 17-year-old was presented with a certificate by the Lord Lieutenant for Midlothian, Patrick Prenter CBE, at a brief ceremony at the Army Cadet Force, Dalkeith Detachment.
Nicole, whose duties will include assisting the Lord Lieutenant at official events, including the forthcoming Remembrance Day Parades and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations next year, said: “I am delighted to be selected, particularly for the period including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.”
The teenager joined the Dalkeith detachment in 2007. Prior to this, she was a member of the St Andrew’s First Aiders for six years.
Currently studying at Telford College, Nicole hopes to join the police force in a few years’ time.