Top award for army recruit after training

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PUTTING in top effort on the army’s gruelling infantry training course has earned one recruit an award from the Parachute Regiment.

Private Jack Brown, 22, from Copnor, has successfully completed the combat infantryman’s course at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire.

He won the Marsh Trophy which goes to the recruit who has given the most effort and shown the most improvement on the tough six-month course.

Private Brown, pictured, said: ‘Looking for a real challenge meant that I was drawn towards the Parachute Regiment, they pride themselves on being the best.

‘It’s a really tough course at Catterick, so I’m definitely pleased about getting this award.’

Private Brown received his award at the pass out parade ceremony at the Infantry Training Centre.

He will now take some well-earned leave before joining his new unit, the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, based in Colchester.