Norfolk's first army bursary student takes the oath
David BaleNorfolk's first army bursary student swore allegiance to the Queen along with 18 other young army recruits at City Hall in Norwich yesterday.Rosie Rowbotham, 18, from Worstead, near North Walsham, was the first Norfolk bursary and she has just returned from a five-week army sponsored expedition to Greenland.David Bale
Norfolk's first army bursary student swore allegiance to the Queen along with 18 other young army recruits at City Hall in Norwich yesterday.
Rosie Rowbotham, 18, from Worstead, near North Walsham, was the first Norfolk bursary and she has just returned from a five-week army sponsored expedition to Greenland.
The former Broadland High School and Easton College student will be joining the Royal Army Medical Corps and plans to train as a combat medical technician.
Later this year she will attend the Army Training Regiment (ATR) Bassingbourn near Cambridge, or Pirbright in Surrey, where she will learn first aid, map reading, field-craft, skill-at-arms and communications.
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The ceremony also marked the first anniversary of the launch of the army's Further Education Bursary Scheme (FEBS), which is open to students aged 16 to 32 considering a career in the army. The bursary provides �1000 financial support per college year and a further �1000 on completion of the first phase of army training.
Miss Rowbotham, who recently completed a sports therapy, health and fitness course at City College Norwich, said. 'I have wanted to go in the army for two years. I think it's the best career there is. I like a challenge, and I think I can learn a lot more in the army than on Civvie Street.'
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If she's sent to Afghanistan, where more than 200 British servicemen have been killed, she said she would try and do her best.
She said: 'I would be up for it. I'd obviously be nervous but I would serve my country and do the best I can.'
Proud mum Jocelyn Rowbotham, 50, who is a carer, said: 'It was a very proud moment when she swore the oath.
'Going in the army is a risk but so is life, and the army will train her to cope with the risks.'
Richard Burley, head of the school of technology, City College Norwich, said: 'FEBS has provided students with an ideal opportunity to receive additional funding whilst remaining in education and developing more practical skills that will help them with their army careers in the future.'
Miss Rowbotham and the other recruits swore allegiance in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Eve Collishaw, parents, family and friends. The oath is the formal enlistment procedure all new recruits undergo prior to becoming a soldier and signifies their intent and commitment to the Armed Forces.
Major Grant Pocock, area recruiting officer (Norfolk and Suffolk), said: 'We are delighted to welcome these new recruits to the army. I am sure they will find it a challenging but rewarding experience. The recruits will be joining various regiments reflecting the wide ranging career opportunities open to those joining the army.'
All of the recruits were recruited through the Army Careers Office, 2 Magdalen Street, Norwich, 01473 255541. For more information call into the Norwich office or visit www.armyjobs.mod.uk.