A Basingstoke army cadet has been promoted to one of the highest possible positions achievable, and is now the most senior cadet in North East Hampshire.
Lauren Brookes, 17, is a member of Old Basing Platoon, and has been promoted to Company Sergeant Major having been with the cadets since she was 12.
She was first promoted a year after joining to the rank of Lance Corporal, and further promotions followed until she was made Colour Sergeant during the 2013 summer camp.
During her service, Lauren has represented Hampshire at athletics and swimming up to national level, as well as helping adult staff to deliver training and acting as part of a team of cadets.
Her biggest achievement came in 2012 when she completed the 100-mile Nijmegen Marches with a team from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Army Cadet Force.
Now as a Sergeant Major, Lauren’s role is to lead and inspire junior cadets to follow in her footsteps.
The Army Cadet Force is the country’s oldest youth organisation, and is aimed at 12 to 18-year-olds. For information on joining, go to www.armycadets.com or call 01962 865711.