Joshua’s pride as he becomes a Royal Marines Commando

PASSED OUT Joshua Buxton
PASSED OUT Joshua Buxton
A refugee in South Sudan

A country ravaged by years of bitter civil war and conflict

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JOSHUA Buxton from Gosport has just received his coveted green beret having successfully completed 32 weeks of the hardest initial military training in the world.

The 23-year-old former Bay House School pupil is now a Royal Marines Commando.

After a gruelling training schedule, he passed out at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines in Lympstone.

He said: ‘Anything is achievable if you are mentally strong.

‘Earning my green beret has changed my life forever.’

A Royal Marines spokesman said: ‘Joshua showed leadership potential throughout training and was selected as a section commander.

‘He was also awarded the Certificate of Excellence for his performance throughout the 32-week course.’

Joshua has now joined 42 Commando Royal Marines in Plymouth.

His brigade is a core component of the UK’s Joint Rapid Reaction Force which ensures the Royal Marines play a major part in safeguarding the nation’s interests at home and abroad.