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Orpington and Anerley recruits make first step into Army

PUBLISHED: 13:58 10 January 2011

George, Sophie and Charlie stand tall at the drill hall in Westminster

George, Sophie and Charlie stand tall at the drill hall in Westminster

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A trio of young soldiers-to-be took their first step into an army career when they swore allegiance to the Queen.

George Heine and Sophie Tucker, both 17 from Orpington and Charlie Carter, 16, from Anerley, made the commitment at a ceremony at the London Regiment’s prestigious drill hall in Westminster last Friday (7).

The keen junior recruits will now begin a challenging 10 month training course in Harrogate before joining their chosen regiment.

It was a proud day for Mr Heine, the former Cooper’s Technology College pupil from Poverest, Orpington, who is following in his father’s footsteps in enlisting to the armed forces.

He said: “This is a very proud day for me. I have wanted to join the Army from a young age as my dad is in the army too, that was my motivation.”

The new recruit, who will join the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers after his initial training, said that being the first person at the ceremony to make the oath was ‘nerve-racking.’

He added: “What a great location, it’s a real honour to take my Oath of Allegiance here, in front of my Mum and Dad.”

Charlie Carter, 16, from Worbeck Road, Anerley got his taste for the forces as a cadet in the forces in Thailand, where he grew up and attended Harrow International School, in Bangkok. He wants to join the Rifles after his spell at the training centre in Harrogate.

Mr Carter said: “I got the inspiration in Thailand where joining the cadets is compulsory.

“The Army here is much more sophisticated. Over there everyone wants to get out of their service, here I just can’t wait to get on and serve my country.”

Lieutenant Colonel Tim How, Commander Regional Recruitment for London, said: “I am very proud to be here today to see these young people take their Oaths of Allegiance and to meet the families and friends who are sharing this special occasion.

“It marks the beginning of what I know will be an exciting and rewarding Army career for them.”

He added: “I sincerely wish them well in their chosen field and all their future endeavours.”

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