Rookie clinches top awards af­ter im­press­ing army train­ers

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

AN army re­cruit has passed her ini­tial train­ing and scooped two awards to boot.

Re­cruit Stephanie Barker, 25, from Mac­cles­field, is one of the first peo­ple to have passed out from male and fe­male in­te­grated troops.

She won a prize for Best Re­cruit and the Hollis Tro­phy for Education, which was awarded af­ter com­plet­ing a pi­lot’s course aimed at en­hanc­ing the train­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for re­cruits and in­struc­tors.

Rct Barker, who hopes to join the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nurs­ing Corps and com­plete a nurs­ing de­gree at Birm­ing­ham Univer­sity, said: “I have al­ways wanted to join the mil­i­tary since my school days af­ter spend­ing time on a place­ment with the army.

“I knew with­out a doubt af­ter­wards that it would be the ca­reer path I would take.

“My main aim is to be­come part of the Med­i­cal Emer­gency Re­sponse Team and my train­ing will help me achieve this.”

Stephanie’s mum, Jenny Hatch said: “We are all so very proud of her and are ab­so­lutely de­lighted that as a fam­ily we are here to see her com­plete her train­ing.

“Stephanie of­ten talked about join­ing the army but we al­ways thought it was just a phase.

“She has proved that this is the ca­reer path she will take and I know in my heart she will give it her all.”

●● Rct Stephanie Barker with her awards

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