A young woman from Bridlington is celebrating after joining the army following a series of setbacks.
Laquita Jones, 16, of The Crayke, finally swore an oath of allegiance to the service at Scarborough’s army recruiting office on Tuesday, realising a lifelong dream to join up.
Laquita’s struggle to get to this stage has seen her twice rejected, firstly on the grounds of a heart murmur in September and than when Laquita was found to be underweight.
After travelling to Manchester to have her heart murmur assessed by Army doctors, the military decided her condition was under control and would not affect her being recruited.
Although Laquita did not reach the required weight to join as a medic, she has now been accepted onto her second option, working in the Royal Logistics Corps as a clerk.
Laquita said: “I have always wanted to join the army ever since I was little and I’m relieved to be going in.
“I’ve been doing a lot of training for it, going to the gym and for runs to make sure I’m fit enough for it.
“I want to join the Army because it’s something different, a real eye opener and I’ll get more opportunities than I would do in Bridlington.”
The service in Scarborough on Tuesday saw proud parents Sharon and Darren look on as Laquita swore her oath of allegiance to the Army.
Sharon said: “I’m really proud of her that she’s chosen to follow a career. She’ll come out of it with so much.
“She’s showed so much determination to get this far and me and her dad are right behind her.”
Laquita will begin 26 weeks of basic training at the Army Technical Foundation College in Winchester on March 25 before starting specialised training for the Royal Logistics Corps.