SAPPERS from 21 Engineer Regiment in Ripon have taken part in a gruelling training course in Northumberland to prepare themselves for promotion up the ranks.
Training in temperatures rarely rising above freezing, 41 sappers from the city passed the four-week Potential Non-Commissioned Officer’s (PNCO) cadre – a prerequisite for promotion from Sapper to Lance Corporal (L/Cpl).
Cadre officer Capt Kristian Haagensen said: “The cadre course is to train selected soldiers for their responsibilities as L/Cpls in the Royal Engineers.
“The course is hard, but designed to train and test soldiers by providing them with sufficient knowledge, leadership and management skills they will need as junior leaders.
“The sappers have been pushed to their physical and mental breaking points but they now understand what it takes to be a leader. Trekking a total of 50 miles over the rugged Otterburn training area, the students had their first opportunity in command appointments while on exercise.”
The training course culminated with a passing out parade, during which Richard Cummings, 21, who serves with 21 Engineers’ 73 Armoured Squadron, was promoted and presented with the rank of L/Cpl by the Commander Royal Engineers, Col Andrew Barr.