IT is a family affair for three of Doncaster’s newest Army recruits who have joined their families in the Forces.
An enlistment ceremony at the Mansion House saw two cousins from Kashmir sign up and a new recruit follow in his father’s footsteps.
Parabjot and Madeep Singh, age 21 and 20, left their families behind to move to Ronald Road, Balby.
Parabjot, who enlisted as a driver in the Royal Logistic Corps, said: “A friend of mine is currently serving in The Rifles as an Infantryman, the same regiment and job role that Mandeep has enlisted into.
“Even though our family lives in Kashmir they are extremely supportive and proud of our choice to join the British Army.”
The ceremony saw eight new recruits sign up.
Gareth Carey, 23, of Lichfield Road, Wheatley, is following his father Sgt Steve Carey of the Coldstram Guards into the Army.
The former Hungerhill School pupil grew up in Hong Kong and Germany, where his father was stationed.
He said: “I’m extremely lucky to have got my place in the Parachute Regiment as it’s very well respected and hard to get into.
“Like Parabjot I can’t wait to begin my training so I can get stuck into my day to day job, but I’m also looking forward to the chance to travel the world and experience different cultures.”
The men will now start 14 weeks basic training, based mainly at Catterick Barracks, before branching off into a further 26 weeks specialisation.
On completing their training they will join their respective regiments, which include The Rifles and The Royal Artillery.
Andrew Knightson, 19, of Mansion Court, Thorne, has wanted to join the Army since leaving the Trinity Academy.
He said: “I’m joining because of the career and lifestyle the job provides. There aren’t many job opportunities out there at the moment, so I want one which will give me a good career.”
Adam Wilburn, 20, a former pupils at Balby Carr Community Sports College pupil, of Plantation Road, Balby, said: “I am excited and nervous. I’m looking forward to starting and joining a regiment. I think it’s a good career.”
The others enlisted were former Hayfield School pupil Andrew Brailsford, 22, of Norwith Road, Bessacarr, Bryan Jackson, 19, a former Hungerhill School pupil of Partridge Road, Barnby Dun and Louis Kaye, 17, from Goole.
Deputy Civic Mayor Eva Hughes was presented the men with their certificates of enlistment.