Leeds & West Yorkshire

Yorkshire army recruits prepare for combat

New recruits undergoing training at Catterick Garrison have talked about the realities of preparing for combat.

The soldiers are undertaking the six-month Combat Infantryman's Course at the North Yorkshire base.

Some have already been assigned to their operational units, including the Yorkshire Regiment.

Last week, the regiment's 3rd Battalion lost five men, killed by a road-side explosion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

One of the recruits, 18-year-old from Nathan Burke from Leeds, will join the 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment. He said the deaths had affected him.

"Obviously, it's a bit of a shock me going to that battalion. But, I think by the end of this training I'll be ready to get out there," he said.

"You're a bit scared about it. But you've signed up for this job so you know it's going to happen. Stuff happens like that."

Capt Mike Scott, from the 2nd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, said: "We've not had any of the guys come in and say that since the tragedy happened that they want to leave."

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