STUDENT Elliott Sexton is one of 60 young people in the country to have won a scholarship with the Royal Air Force.
The 17-year-old from Havant, a student at South Downs College, has received a £1,000 bursary towards his academic studies and was given the chance to learn about what it means to serve in the RAF.
Elliott attended a residential course at the Bramley Lakes Adventure Training Centre, near Norwich, and took part in challenging activities including climbing, abseiling and expedition planning.
Elliott, who wants to develop a military career after studying medicine at university, said: ‘I was nervous about coming on the course, as I didn’t know what to expect, but it’s been brilliant.
‘The most challenging activity was the canoe expedition.
‘It felt good when our team made it through. I learned a lot about leading others and how to cope when under pressure.’
Wing Commander Pat Carter, from the RAF Career Service, said: ‘This course has a real pedigree in ensuring that young people develop a solid understanding of the entrance requirements for a career as an officer in the RAF.
‘We take strong applicants from right across the UK and make sure that they understand what they will need to focus on if they are to achieve their potential as leaders.’