A Soham marine has received his coveted green beret after completing one of the hardest military training courses in the world.
Joshua Radford qualified as a Royal Marine Commando following nine months of tough physical training and learning how to deal with extreme survival situations.
The 19 year old passed out of the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon, with the 159 troop on Friday, September 29.
He will now go to the 43 Commando Royal Marines, based at Arbroath in Scotland, where he will be tasked with securing the Faslane naval base and operations such as anti-piracy in the Arabian Gulf.
Joshua, a former Soham Village College student, said: “If you’re trying to be a Royal Marines Commando, you have to really want it. You have to be prepared.”
During training, recruits learn how to abseil out of helicopters, assault cliff-top positions at night after conducting beach landings from raiding craft, and how to escape underwater from sinking helicopters.
Joshua was joined by Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton during his final test, the infamous “30 miler”, where recruits speed march across the wilderness of Dartmoor in eight hours carrying 32lbs of weight, running at a speed of one mile every 10 minutes.
“My experiences throughout training were up and down,” said Joshua.
“But for all the bad times my oppos got me through. Training was very hard but at the same time very rewarding - you do things that civilians can only dream of.
“The friends I have gained through training will stay with me for life as I trust them like brothers.”