Army award for top recruit Nick

PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 September 2012

Rifleman Nick Reynolds

Rifleman Nick Reynolds

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A WESTON soldier has won a top army award after finishing his recruit training.

Rifleman Nick Reynolds, aged 20, has fulfilled a lifelong goal by successfully completing the intense combat infantryman training course.

Nick – who worked as a teenage pizza delivery boy before enlisting – was named best recruit during training, and has been tipped for a successful career.

Platoon commander Captain Jamie Milne said: “His has been an exceptional performance. In fact, he has such leadership potential that he has been recommended to attend officer selection.

“In my view, he would be successful at Sandhurst and go on to command a platoon.”

Nick said: “To be honest, I cannot remember much about the whole course at Catterick, it went by in a blur.

“The last few weeks, which is the culmination of training, has been a real buzz – firing all the weapons in realistic scenarios was great.

“I think I have been trained really well, our training team were brilliant, real role models.

“As for receiving an award, I feel proud of what I have achieved in the last six months – my mum has been behind me every step of the way and I am sure she will be proud of me when she sees me getting the award on the parade.”

Nick will now be stationed with 2nd Battalion The Rifles, in Northern Ireland.

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