Pennod 6 Milwyr y Welsh Guards


Pennod 6

Cawn ddarganfod a fydd y recriwtiaid newydd yn llwyddo i ymuno â'r Gatrawd. We hear whether the recruits in Catterick successfully 'pass out' to join the iconic regiment. Last i...


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-Since World War I...

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-..the Welsh Guards have been

-a symbol of British military power.

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-From the Battle of Loos in World

-War I to Dunkirk in World War II...

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-..from the Falklands

-to Afghanistan...

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-..the Guards have been central

-to the army and Crown since 1915.

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-The regiment

-is proud of its history.

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-Everyone who joins has to buy into

-that history and tradition.

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-Famous for their bravery

-on the battlefield...

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-..their red uniform

-and bearskins...

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-..the Guards are a special regiment,

-but their role is changing.

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-We've finished in Afghanistan

-so we're learning new skills.

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-On the verge of their centenary

-and amid financial cutbacks...

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-..they face new demands

-after the Middle East...

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-..and the future looks uncertain.

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-Most serving soldiers

-know nothing apart from Afghanistan.

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-They need training

-for their new role.

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-We're the only regiment

-who are soldiers and guards.

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-We're unique and that's what

-makes the Guards so special.

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-Why does a tourist go to London?

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-To see the Changing of the Guard.

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-Filmed over 18 months...

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-..with special access

-to the life of the Guards.

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-There's no threat on the wall

-at Buckingham Palace.

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-From the Welsh soldiers...

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-From the Welsh soldiers...

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-I have until May to change my mind.

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-As it stands, I'll leave the army

-this time next year.

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-Will you miss it?

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-Will you miss it?

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-Yes, terribly.

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-Everything they've been working for

-is for today.

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-This is their moment.

-They should embrace it.

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-..to English officers.

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-My patrol base was shot at

-seven times in one day.

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-From the barracks

-to Buckingham Palace.

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-I'm excited

-but worried about making a mistake.

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-Time to roll!

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-From Afghanistan to North Wales.

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-He said "Don't worry.

-I'll look after Mam and me."

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-That really moved me.

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-A Welsh regiment at the heart

-of the British establishment.

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-This is the story of the soldiers

-of the Welsh Guards.

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-January 2015

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-At Catterick, the new recruits

-prepare for an important day...

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-..in their military career.

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-The last six months have

-led to the passing out parade.

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-Their time in training

-is coming to an end.

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-I really cannot wait.

-It's brilliant.

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-It's everything we've wanted

-since we joined.

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-We wanted to pass out,

-go to a battalion and start a job.

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-We pass out tomorrow

-so everything has to be spot on.

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-Are you feeling nervous?

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-Are you feeling nervous?

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-Yes, a bit.

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-I'll be happier when it's over.

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-It's exciting

-but I hope everything runs smoothly.

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-You hear that you make friends

-for life in the army and it's true.

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-We all have our arguments

-but I think we get on really well.

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-If I go back home, then it's

-a different kind of friend.

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-You'll go back but it's a different

-bond to the friends you have here.

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-Oh, you took it down.

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-Oh, you took it down.

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-It's on my board.

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-That was taken on Tacx 3

-and that guy looks totally lost.

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-Tacx 3 is the worst thing

-I've ever had to do.

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-It's four days in the field. Sleep

-deprivation with digging trenches.

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-Couling struggled

-and suffered on that one.

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-He was hallucinating. It was funny.

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-I was seeing the enemy

-but there wasn't anything there!

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-You ask yourself

-if it's real or not.

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-You do this thing and I do it a lot.

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-You stop and are literally

-standing up and falling asleep.

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-That's his life.

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-That's his life.

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-Let's not go there.

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-Somebody help me!

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-Everybody ran passed him

-and he was calling out "somebody?"

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-Seeing someone like Couling

-makes you feel better.

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-Yes, that's it.

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-I'm looking forward

-to seeing my family.

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-I haven't seen Mam, Dad and

-my girlfriend in quite a long time.

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-Mam and Dad last visited me

-in my third week of being here.

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-I'd barely learnt anything

-apart from some marching...

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-..so they will see

-how much I've improved.

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-I hope they'll be able to see me.

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-Mam didn't want me to come here

-at the start...

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-..because she was frightened

-about me joining the infantry...

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-..after hearing

-a lot of horror stories.

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-Dad was very supportive.

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-She probably just missed

-having me around the house!

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-As the recruits prepare to

-start their military careers...

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-..the Guards are about to lose

-an experienced soldier.

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-March 2015

-Anglesey

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-The army has been a big part of my

-life for over 20 years until now.

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-It's enabled me to do things

-I could never have done on Anglesey.

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-I entered the army to better myself.

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-I've had great opportunities and

-was lucky with my posts in the army.

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-I'm privileged

-to have done so many things.

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-Will you miss it?

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-Will you miss it?

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-Yes, terribly.

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-The Regimental Sergeant Major is

-the figurehead of the Welsh Guards.

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-He's served in the army

-for many years.

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-He started as a guardsmen

-and worked through the ranks.

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-His position in the British army

-is commendable.

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-The officers and everyone else

-look to him for advice.

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-He's the most experienced.

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-His main priority

-is the welfare of the lads...

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-..as well as their security,

-welfare, training and everything.

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-It's important for us

-to have an officer...

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-..who has experienced

-what we're going through.

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-I've got until the middle of May

-to change my mind.

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-I need to start looking for work as

-I'll finish in the army next year.

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-I was in college

-when he first joined up.

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-I wasn't overly worried...

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-..because we didn't have a family

-or any responsibilities.

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-I can't say that I'm happy

-but I've learnt to live with it.

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-I've got used

-to doing things myself.

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-When he's home, I realize

-I don't have to do everything.

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-I let him do it

-but that's just our way of life.

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-Other people do things differently.

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-You had a strop last night

-when you got home...

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-..and I'd done all the washing

-and ironing.

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-She didn't know

-what to do with herself!

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-Has the nature of your relationship

-changed at all?

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-Yes, definitely.

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-He wore his tunic at our wedding so

-we'll have that photograph for life.

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-We had to organize our wedding

-around the Trooping of the Colour.

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-Since the very start...

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-..the army has dictated when Martin

-can have leave or take holidays.

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-It's become a way of life for us.

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-Dad isn't home so we get on with it.

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-They have controlled our lives.

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-Yes, that's true.

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-Do you miss your father sometimes?

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-Do you miss your father sometimes?

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-Yes, a lot of the time.

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-Sometimes, we might not see him

-for two weeks...

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-..because he's so busy that

-he can't get home at the weekend.

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-It's also good for him...

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-..because he gets to do something as

-opposed to being home all the time.

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-Do you worry when Martin's away?

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-Yes, I do.

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-Every day.

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-At times, it can be a nightmare.

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-If you have children and a job

-then it's easier to keep going.

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-He's done two tours

-in Afghanistan...

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-..and I never want

-to go through that again.

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-It's only after it's happened...

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-..that we realized

-how close we came to losing him...

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-..and getting that news.

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-I never want

-to experience that again.

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-It affects the children too.

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-The first tour in Afghanistan

-was particularly difficult.

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-I came home for a fortnight of R & R

-during those six months.

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-At the end of that fortnight, Tomos

-went to bed but woke up crying.

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-I took him back to bed.

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-He was only nine years old

-at the time.

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-He turned and said...

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-"When you go back, I don't want you

-to worry about me, Sian and Mam.

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-"I'll look after us.

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-"Concentrate on work or you'll

-come home in a box or without legs."

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-That really moved me.

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-It was quite a thing for

-a nine-year-old to say to his Dad.

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-How do you feel

-to have a father in the army?

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-I'm very proud.

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-I'm very proud of what he does.

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-It was really difficult...

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-..when he did

-his first tour in Afghan.

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-It was tough when he came home too.

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-He struggled to fit in.

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-Those were three difficult weeks.

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-It wasn't easy.

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-Would you join the army?

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-Would you join the army?

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-I'm not sure. Maybe.

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-There's plenty of time

-for me to decide.

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-He has mentioned joining up

-a few times.

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-I've got mixed emotions about it.

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-He hasn't said anything to me.

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-He hasn't said anything to me.

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-He wouldn't tell you!

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-We can't stop him

-if that's what he wants.

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-I wouldn't say no...

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-..but if he does join up, I'd want

-him to study at Sandhurst first...

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-..and join as an officer.

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-I wouldn't stop him...

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-..but I wouldn't be

-over the moon about it either!

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-I think his admiration for Martin

-is a strong part of it...

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-..in terms of all he's experienced

-and the position he's achieved.

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-You didn't do your best at school.

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-He's worked hard to get

-where he is now in the army.

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-Tomos admires that...

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-..and knows you worked hard

-to get where you are today.

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-Yes, but I'll tell him not to make

-the same mistakes that I made.

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-You only get one chance in school

-and he should take it.

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-I regret not working hard at school.

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-I think he made the right decision

-in joining up...

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-..and he's benefitted

-from that opportunity.

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-Are you excited to have him home?

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-Are you excited to have him home?

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-Yes.

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-We can go on regular walks

-and have more holidays.

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-Sometimes, it was only Mam, Tomos

-and me but Dad can come too now.

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-I'm looking forward to having

-a better relationship with Dad.

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-Are you ready?

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-We've lost a lot of time

-in the past...

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-..so I'm looking forward to it.

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-It'll be less pressure on Mam too.

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-Alright?

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-Someone else can do the job now.

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-I'll have more time to spend with

-the family and improve my handicap!

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-I'll miss the camaraderie,

-the friendships and banter.

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-It's unique and more than a job.

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-You're like a family.

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-Yes, it's a way of life.

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-The battalion is a family regiment

-in every sense of the word.

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-You've spent more time with them...

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-..but that's been the way

-we've lived our lives.

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-We knew you wouldn't be home

-for every event.

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-It'll be quite different

-for all of us.

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-We all have to learn to adapt.

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-The children and I understand

-each other and have a routine...

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-..but somebody will be here

-all the time now.

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-It'll be quite a change...

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-..but for the better.

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-The Guards have protected the Crown

-outside Buckingham Palace...

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-..and defended military interests

-on the battlefield since 1915.

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-It's a week before

-the cadets leave Sandhurst...

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-..and they face the final fitness

-test before joining the regiment.

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-I've been living with this platoon

-since 5 January.

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-We rocked up as complete strangers

-but now know each other really well.

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-For us, to be fit

-is important for our soldiers.

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-They want their platoon commander

-leading the way.

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-If you're capable,

-they look up to you more.

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-Inevitably,

-there's people fitter than you...

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-..but you need to be at the front

-pushing hard so they can see it.

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-You can't expect them to smash

-themselves if you don't do it.

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-I don't know if I'm sad to leave

-but am ready to leave.

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-The best platoon commanders

-will get the best results...

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-..because those under their command

-believe in them.

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-Will they be a good officer?

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-Will their men follow them

-and be good at their job?

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-You can't go in as the be all and

-end all. They won't respect that.

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-I wouldn't respect it

-if the shoe was on the other foot.

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-My platoon will think,

-what is Mr Campbell Schofield like?

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-Is he smartly turned out?

-Is he good at his job? Does he care?

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-You earn their respect.

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-A lot haven't been disappointed or

-told they've done something wrong.

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-They've been captains of rugby teams

-and top of their classes.

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-This is the first time they are told

-if they've done it wrong.

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-It is damaging for an officer cadet

-but they push harder next time.

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-The only way I maybe change...

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-..is that I'm slightly

-less forgiving.

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-When it comes to professional

-competence and fitness...

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-..at Sandhurst, you expect people

-to be good at what they do.

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-The consequences of them not being

-professional is so severe.

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-It's doing what is right on

-a tough day when nobody's watching.

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-That is absolutely vital.

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-The youngest private soldier...

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-..youngest guardsman

-and all officers must know that.

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-Without it, there's not much

-that separates you and the bad guy.

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-I'll miss the lads in the platoon.

-We've had some good times together.

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-Moving into the field army will be

-the most exciting challenge for us.

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-The cadets in Catterick

-are reaching the pinnacle...

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-..of their six months of training

-to be in the Welsh Guards.

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-Everything they've worked for

-is for today.

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-The passing out parade

-is more for our families.

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-They see how we have changed

-and developed during our training.

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-They can also see

-how we've improved.

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-I think we're all ready.

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-We've practiced it

-for the last fortnight.

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-I hope we all think about what

-we're doing and it should be good.

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-It's kind of hit now.

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-Seeing all the parents.

-You know it's here.

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-A little bit nervous but it's one

-of the biggest days of our lives.

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-A little nervous

-but I'm confident about it.

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-I'm glad Mam, Dad and my girlfriend

-came to see me passing out.

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-Sioned!

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-I look forward to it.

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-Mam, Dad and my girlfriend

-have just walked passed.

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-They're not too early.

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-Yes, I guess so.

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-Are you excited now?

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-Yes, and I'm glad they've arrived.

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-It's a new start for me and I'm glad

-they came to my passing out.

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-The boys will march with the

-Band of the Royal Armoured Corps.

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-They have done extremely well

-and gone through all the tests.

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-It's a good moment.

-They definitely achieved it.

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-I wouldn't say I was going to

-miss them but it is a good occasion.

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-I'm proud to have trained

-these recruits from civilians.

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-Seeing them now as the finished

-product and final article...

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-..is a proud moment for myself.

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-At the very end of the parade...

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-..I would like you

-to cheer, hoot, whistle.

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-Make as much noise

-as you physically can.

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-Everybody passed out

-to a high standard.

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-Trainees take part in events as

-part of an intersection competition.

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-The overall winners

-are the men you see before you.

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-Congratulations!

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-CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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-By the right.

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-Quick march!

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-CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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-Front.

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-Congratulations, men.

-Not a bad effort.

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-Fall out.

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-I feel so proud to have done that.

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-Are you alright?

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-Are you alright?

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-Yes.

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-It wasn't that bad.

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-I could feel my legs trembling.

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-Congratulations.

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-Thank you, sergeant.

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-Well done, Thomas.

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-Oh, you're thirsty as well!

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-Mam didn't want me to come here

-and wanted me to try something else.

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-Mam was scared

-because of all the horror stories.

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-I'm very proud of him.

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-I'm very proud of him.

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-I think they all did very well.

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-It was better

-than I was expecting it to be.

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-It's taken weeks of hard work.

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-Well done, I'm very proud.

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-They've joined

-a really good regiment.

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-It is a test to go through

-the six months of training.

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-This day is the pinnacle

-of everything they've achieved...

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-..in front of their families.

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-Their mother, father and everyone

-with them feels extremely proud.

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-Our regiment operates in a very

-different way to other regiments.

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-We look after our lads

-and train them better.

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-But our expectations are higher.

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-They stand in front of Buckingham

-Palace and can't put a foot wrong.

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-Other soldiers couldn't do

-what we ask of our men.

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-You're part of history.

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-We bought into it and feel special

-and part of that family regiment.

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-It's the best thing that's happened

-to me after having my daughter.

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-My daughter is proud

-that I serve in the army.

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-I've made some of the best friends

-in life.

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-When you march from the gate

-to Buckingham Palace...

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-..you wonder why you do it...

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-..but then, you see people

-taking photographs and clapping.

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-It's a very proud moment.

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-How is standing

-outside Buckingham Palace...

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-..the same as being

-on patrol in Afghanistan?

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-As a soldier, you need discipline

-to be on the battlefield...

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-..and discipline when you're

-on guard at Buckingham Palace.

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-It boils down to the individual.

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-He has to want to look

-as smart as possible.

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-We've got a bright future, a new

-role and interesting times ahead.

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-We needed to change and modernize

-with the current situation.

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-The next conflict

-will always come along.

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-There's conflicts out there.

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-If there's a situation, the Welsh

-Guards will be the first to help.

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-This battalion goes

-wherever it is sent.

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Cawn ddarganfod a fydd y recriwtiaid newydd yn llwyddo i ymuno â'r Gatrawd. We hear whether the recruits in Catterick successfully 'pass out' to join the iconic regiment. Last in series.