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RBR rookies reach the end of the beginning as Recruit Camp ends

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On patrol: RBR recruits work on infantry skills at Hog Bay Park in Sandys (Photograph supplied)

Bermuda’s newest soldiers finished Recruit Camp at the weekend ready to start the next phase of their careers in the military.

Almost 50 recruits completed a tough two weeks of training on Friday and will begin to build on the basics from next week.

Soldiering on: Privates Naphtali Smith (left) and Donavon Burgess on exercise with the RBR (File photograph)

Private Naphtali Smith, 18, from Pembroke, said: “I’m happy that it’s over – but I’m looking forward to going back and learning more new skills.

The sail training instructor added the hardest obstacle he faced was mastering the complexities of foot drill.

Private Katy Wright (left) with Recruit Camp section leader Corporal Melissa Brangman (Photograph supplied)

He said: “It was the about turns and things like that. But I got it.”

He added he had considered the RBR Coastguard or B Company, the Regiment’s humanitarian aid and disaster relief specialists, as he developed as a soldier.

Private Katy Wright, 41, who works for the Yellow Pages and at a stable in civilian life, admitted: “I’m still recovering.

Start to finish: Private Pte Gianluca Guglielmucci awaits the finishing touch to his new uniform – an RBR beret - on his first day of Recruit Camp (File photograph)

The mother of an 11-year-old daughter, from Southampton, said: “I’m a little sore and a bit tired – but I’m delighted I got through it.”

She added she was considering her options, but was keen on looking at the RBR Coastguard, the medics or Motor Transport as specialisations.

Private Wright, who works for the Yellow Pages and at a stable in civilian life, said: “I don’t have any experience as a mechanic, but I would be keen to learn if they took me on.”

Private Gianluca Guglielmucci, 23, from Paget, said: “I’m feeling pretty good – I’ve had a couple of days’ rest to catch up, though.”

He added: “It’s been a good experience and I’m looking forward to going back next week.”

The accounting and finance graduate of the University of Kent in the UK said: “The hardest part for me was dealing with all the different personalities. But we all managed to make it through as a team.”

Private Guglielmucci added that he was keen to progress through the ranks and undergo officer training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in the UK.

He said: “I’m thinking about the officer route – that’s definitely one of my goals. I’ve also got an interest in seeing what the Coastguard is like.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Ben Beasley, the RBR’s Commanding Officer, said he was pleased by the quality and quantity of candidates for the first of two Recruit Camps this year.

He added: “The numbers are looking decent, but it’s been a hard-fought battle and required a lot of resources – but we are headed in the right direction.

“People come in with some ideas about the training and once they’ve started, they appreciate the journey they’ve begun.”

But Colonel Beasley said the modern RBR was not a one-way street when it came to new experiences.

He added: “It’s a journey of growth in their personal development, but they also bring their own qualities to the unit as a whole and that helps to build confidence.”

Col Beasley said: “Young people bring a different way of thinking and new ideas on how we can deliver our services on island and regionally.”

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Published March 01, 2021 at 8:32 am (Updated March 01, 2021 at 8:32 am)

RBR rookies reach the end of the beginning as Recruit Camp ends

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