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Teen graduates from Phase One soldier training.

A TEENAGER from Cardiff who hopes to work on the frontline as a defence medic has graduated from the Army's Phase One soldier training.

Junior Soldier Alfi Sylvester-Bond, 17, is among 240 young people who celebrated their graduation at a special ceremony at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate. The gruelling training included a "battle camp" in the hills to test practical skills including fighting in darkness and live ammunition.

But the former Plasmawr pupil will continue his military education, undergoing specialist training to live his dream of becoming an Army medic.

Alfi said: "Being a medic in the Army is different from doing it in civvy street. I think I'll get a buzz out of it.

"That's on top of the other training we do which will keep me fit and healthy and the pay.

"As a defence medic I can be based on the frontline and, when I come out of the service, I'll have a trade and hopefully be able to join the ambulance service.

"I wanted the adventure, it's something I've been interested in all my life, particularly becoming a medic.

"Some of my mates didn't think I'd make it through the training.

"I wanted to prove them wrong and so now they are really proud of me."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 28, 2015
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