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Proud moment for lad

Ioane Burese
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

ADRIU Tuilagi, 23, swore an oath of allegiance to the Queen as part of his official entry into a career with the British Army.

According to a statement, the Attestation ceremony took place at The Rifles Museum in Salisbury and included a traditional parade of new recruits in front of their proud friends and family.

The statement said that having successfully completed his oath of allegiance, Tuilagi received his Attestation certificate which marked the final stage of the recruiting process and welcomed him as a new member of the British Army. He will now embark on basic training before passing out as a Rifleman just as his elder brother and cousin have done.

Tuilagi had attended Lelean Memorial School and also played for the school's rugby team.

"This is one of the most memorable days in my life so far. I've always wanted to join the army, it's my dream job," Mr Tuilagi said.

"I can't wait to get started on my training. I will put everything into the job that I've chosen to do."

The statement quotes Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Shaw, the Commander Regional Recruiting of 43 Wessex Brigade, as saying, "We're very proud of all our new recruits - they have demonstrated strong potential in a competitive recruiting process and now the adventure begins."