Rookie clinches top awards after impressing army trainers
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