A soldier from the county has negotiated his way successfully through a testing course and qualified as a Physical Training Instructor.
Liam Pattinson, from Stakeford, passed out from the Army School of Physical Training in Sennelager, Germany.
The 25-year-old combat engineer with 36 Engineer Regiment not only succeeded in passing the course but he did so as the joint best student.
He said: “Just to pass the course is an achievement in itself but to be thought by the instructors as one of the top students is flattering, a proud moment and a great boost for the confidence.
“I am passionate about physical fitness and training, its one of the reasons why I joined the Army and both these things and teamwork factor a lot in the course.
“The course was challenging and rewarding but I really enjoyed it.”
Of the 50 soldiers who started the course, only 35 received their Royal Army Physical Training Corps (RAPTC) badge from the Colonel Commandant of the RAPTC, Lieutenant General James Bashall CBE.
In addition to his badge Liam also received a trophy in recognition of being the best student.
As this was the final course to be held by the school, before its relocation back to the UK, the passing out parade for the PTIs was marked with a Beating the Retreat ceremony by the Band of the Household Cavalry and the final lowering of the Corps flag.
Liam also received a trophy in recognition of being the best student.