A flying start to Uckfield Harry’s new life

Graduation Parade Campion Intake 26-06-12'Reviewing Officer : Group Captain S R Vicary - Chief of Staff 2 Group
Graduation Parade Campion Intake 26-06-12'Reviewing Officer : Group Captain S R Vicary - Chief of Staff 2 Group

HARRY Jarvis, 18 from Uckfield recently became one of the newest airmen in the RAF as he graduated from basic training with a trophy.

Marching onto the parade square, Harry was one of 51 new airmen to graduate in front of friends and family having successfully completed nine weeks of intensive basic training at RAF Halton near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

The training at aims to transform the new recruit into an airman fit for operations by laying in place foundation stones he will build on throughout his career.

Not only did Harry successfully complete the course, he was awarded Station Commander’s Cup which is given to the recruit who displays the highest overall effort and determination during training.

Harry said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my nine weeks training here at Recruit Training Squadron. I have learned so much and met so many people.

“The highlight was Exercise Blue Warrior but I have benefited enormously from the physical training elements. I was overjoyed to have won this award and I look forward now to starting the next stage of my professional training with the RAF.”

Harry who went to Uckfield Community Technology College and worked at East Sussex National Golf Resort and Spa Finance will move to RAF Manston to train as a firefighter.

Squadron Leader Joe Duhan, Officer Commanding Recruit Training Squadron, said: “Today is a proud day for Harry and his family. Achieving success in basic training requires mental, physical and emotional strength, because the course is far from easy, and a great sense of achievement is felt by all.

“He is more than ready to start the next phase of his career, and build on what he has achieved already. The operational environment poses significant challenges, and training our people optimally prepares them for these challenges.”

He added: “The RAF is always looking for more people to join in our success, and I would encourage anybody who thinks they may be interested in a fast-moving and demanding environment to visit their local Armed Forces Careers Office or go to www.rafcareers.com.”