Pride is bursting for latest brave recruits

Men and women from the Doncaster and surrounding areas hold up their certificates at the Army Enlisting. Picture: Andrew Roe
Men and women from the Doncaster and surrounding areas hold up their certificates at the Army Enlisting. Picture: Andrew Roe

IT was a proud day for the family and friends of scores of young people as they watched their loved ones officially join the army.

The event invited 30 young men and women enlist their services at the Doncaster Army Careers Information Office and take an oath.

It was also a special occasion for teenager Liam Mycroft who was enlisted by his extremely proud dad Major Adrian Mycroft.

The highly-experienced Major has recently taken over as area recruiting officer for South Yorkshire.

Liam, 19, of Hatfield, started at Army Training Regiment Winchester this month and will join the Royal Signals as a communication systems operator.

He said: “It was a good day but also a slightly nervous day for my dad too.

“I felt proud sitting in the audience and looked at him as a figure of military authority and not as my dad.

“I thought it was good to be part of such a large group joining the army and it gave me a real feel-good factor.

“The process into the army went really well and the oath day reinforced that joining the army was the right thing for me.”

Major Mycroft has taken over the post from Major Keith Tomlinson who has over 39 years experience in the army having joined when he was just 15-years-old and living in Doncaster.

Another success story included Liam Bacon who was the day’s youngest recruit at the age of 16.

The Doncaster teenager joined Harrogate last month as a Royal Engineer heating and plumbing engineer.

It was also a proud day for the family of Liam because some members of his family are currently serving in the forces.

Meanwhile, James Clark has also followed in the footsteps of a relative who is in the Royal Logistics Corps.

The 17-year-old was taking on a NACRO army preparation course and joined the Coldstream Guards in September.

The enlisting day is one of several special ceremonies that are organised through the careers office based in Hall Gate.

If anyone would like to find out more information on an army career, call 01302 344128.