Ryan’s record Army training feat praised

A soldier, originally from Bridlington, has completed his Army Reserve training in what may be record time.

Wednesday, 10th February 2021, 7:35 am
Private Ryan Shippey, 31, completed his training in four months.

Private (Pte) Ryan Shippey, 31 has been hailed as ‘incredible’ by his chain of command following his feat.

Pte Shippey, who works for McDonald’s in civilian life, took just four months to whizz through all mandatory modules required of him by 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (4 YORKS).

Pte Shippey, who is based at Barnsley’s Fontenay Barracks, said: “I couldn’t be happier with how it’s all gone. The support and encouragement I’ve had has been brilliant.

“I wanted to be part of something important. For me the structure and standards of being in the Army were a big attraction.

“I like the fact that it gives you a framework to develop yourself.”

The speed with which Pte Shippey powered through his training has astonished experienced personnel at 4 YORKS’ Burma Company, who were full of praise.

Captain (Capt) Mally Birkett said: “I can honestly say the speed he has completed all his training to become a full-qualified infantry soldier is unprecedented.

“Usually it takes our reservists 18 months to get through all the training courses they need to complete. But Ryan’s done it all in four months – which is even more incredible because it’s all happened against the backdrop of a pandemic.”

The future looks bright for this fresh infanteer and he is keen to progress through the ranks.