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.