A TRIO of Wadebridge brothers only three years apart in age have joined the Royal Engineers after the youngest took part in Europe’s largest military graduation parade last month.
Jordan, Cameron and Tristan Young are now all part of the British Army unit, which provides military engineering and other technical support to the Armed Forces.
All three attended Wadebridge Secondary School and the family still lives in the area.
The youngest of the three, 17-year-old Tristan, was one of 450 junior soldiers to have graduated from the Army Foundation College (AFC) in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Each junior soldier rehearsed for about 20 hours in preparation for the parade at Uniacke Barracks, which topped off months of training which combined military skills with education in subjects such as numeracy and literacy, adventure training and sports, culminating in a 30-hour patrol across the Yorkshire Dales.
More than 2,800 relatives and friends turned out to watch as the new soldiers passed out in the second largest parade for the British Army – second only to the Trooping of the Colour.
The boys’ mother, Cheri O’Toole, said she was immensely proud of her three sons.
“I’m incredibly proud of them. We’re not a traditional Forces family; their grandad served in the Royal Engineers as part of National Service, but apart from that the boys are the first in the family to have joined the Forces.”
Tristan, who wants to join as a driver, will now proceed to the Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME) at Minley, Surrey, to complete his Phase 2a training, in which he will qualify as a combat engineer.
His oldest brother, Jordan, 20, passed out of Winchester’s Army Technical Foundation College in March 2011, followed by Cameron, 19, in August 2012.
Jordan works as a plant operator mechanic with 35 Engineer Regiment Royal Engineers, based in Paderborn, north-west Germany. Cameron, a carpenter and joiner, is also in Paderborn.
Cameron recently took part in a ski championship for British troops based in Germany, and elder brother Jordan is also part of the Royal Engineers Enduro team.