Recruits to take oath allegiance

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SEVENTEEN new Army recruits are due to take their oath of allegiance in Portsmouth.

The ceremony will be taking place in the presence of the city’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Cheryl Buggy.

The recruits from Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, will take the oath in front of 60 guests in the Lord Mayor’s Room.

All Army servicemen and women must swear the Oath of Allegiance, where they promise to serve Queen and country.

Once made, they must adhere to it for their entire military career.

The ceremony takes place on Wednesday, August 17.

After the applicants have taken their oath, Warrant Officer Second Class Christopher Russ of the Princess Wales’ Royal Regiment will be presented the Meritorious Service Medal by the Lord Mayor.

This is a silver medal awarded for distinguished service to the armed forces.

The announcement of the award was made in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.