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Two top prizes for junior soldier

Posted onPosted on 24th Nov

A teenage soldier from Ashfield won two top honours when he graduated from the Army Training Centre Pirbright.

Private Alex Spiers was awarded the titles of Best Recruit and Best Shot at his passing out parade, which was attended virtually by his family, including his father and serving officer Lieutenant Colonel Keith Spiers.

Alex is nearing the end of his trade training and will shortly join the Intelligence Corps.

He said: “It still hadn’t sunk in when I marched on to the parade square. I am proud and chuffed with myself for being awarded the two trophies. A big grin came across my face when I was told.”

Alex, 19, a former pupil at Ashfield Comprehensive, Kirkby, had always had his sights on a military career.

He said: “I knew I was going to join the military; I was just unsure which job and whether or not I wanted to join as a soldier or an officer. Halfway through resits for some of my A-Levels I realised I wasn’t really enjoying it, so I took the decision to join as a soldier and work my way through the ranks whilst gaining some life experience at the same time.”

“I don’t see life in the Army as a job. I see it more as a lifestyle; it’s like a massive family and it’s teamwork orientated, which all appeals to me.”

Keith, who is the head of UK engagement for 7th Infantry Brigade added: “Watching Alex march out on to parade and receive the awards was a very proud and emotional moment for my wife, Helen, and I and his young brother, Charlie, who adores him.”

Private Alex Spiers is pictured showing his two awards, watched by his father, Lieutenant Colonel Keith Spiers.

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