Window cleaner climbs military ladder

James Child from Bridlington signs up for Army life
James Child from Bridlington signs up for Army life

A former window cleaner from Bridlington is preparing for a new military career after committing himself to Army training at the Infantry Training Centre (ITC) in Catterick.

James Child, 24 from Bridlington, decided to swear his Oath of Allegiance in front of family and friends at the Scarborough Army Careers Office because of the job security and travel opportunities offered to servicemen.

James, who has lost a stone in weight through fitness training to prepare himself for the Infantry course, said a lack of jobs locally also drew him towards joining the army.

James said: “I’m really going to miss my friends and family, but I’m looking forward to starting my training and learning more about my role.”

The demanding 26-week Combat Infantryman’s Course will improve James’ fitness and stamina whilst providing him with the weapon and fieldcraft knowledge essential for frontline service.

James will be given the chance to specialise in specific roles like Machine Gunner, Sniper or Combat Medic as well as earning qualifications that will aid him throughout the rest of his life.

If you want to find out more about Army careers, you can find your nearest Army Careers Office at, by calling 0845 600 8080 or by texting ARMY05 to 61110.