As your very proud Royal Colonel, it is a huge honour to be with you and many of your families here today in Ward Barracks – your new home.

Riflemen,

As your very proud Royal Colonel, it is a huge honour to be with you and many of your families here today in Ward Barracks – your new home.

This Regiment, and in particular this Battalion, has gained well-deserved recognition for its achievements since its formation 4 years ago. Your successes on the front line in Afghanistan, as we all know, have often come at a high price, but we should always remember that courage – professionalism, and a desire to serve are among the core values of 4 Rifles.

Today is a time to celebrate your achievements over the past 6 weeks on, what I am assured is, an extremely arduous and tough course. And tough it should be, for the position of Lance Corporal is not a responsibility to be taken lightly. As the saying goes, “It is the hardest rank to achieve and the easiest to lose.” It is the first step on the ladder and a big step in your career and you should be proud of your achievement.

I would like to thank all the Cadre Instructors for their time – dedication – enthusiasm and – most importantly, experience. Thanks to you, we have a very high standard of Lance Corporals who possess the confidence and the ability to go on to inspire others to become Junior Non-Commissioned Officers and, in time, to become the highly respected 
leaders of tomorrow’s British Army. You are clearly getting this right, so very well done.

It is also wonderful to see your families here today making the parade such a special event. They all play such a pivotal role in keeping the home fires burning, while you are away on long exercises, or even more so, on overseas deployments.

Riflemen, it is with enormous pride that I congratulate you on having successfully passed the Cadre, and I wish you all the very best of luck with your new rank. The Battalion is clearly in safe hands.