Rifleman Paul Ryan from Abingdon in Oxfordshire is a member of A Company 7th Battalion The RIFLES, he is currently serving full time with the Regimental Recruiting Team in Abingdon and is hoping to join the Regular Army as a Rifleman in September. Paul who is a local lad from Abingdon went to Farringdon County College and has served 18 months as a Reservist. Paul said, “I am currently waiting for the main board selection this month and if all goes well I hope to start my full time training in September. Rifleman Ryan was taking part in the Battalion Live Firing Exercise held at Lydd Army Ranges near Hyth in Kent over the weekend 16/17 April 2016.
Captain Paul Franklin, who lives in Milton Keynes has just been promoted to Captain and taken up the post of Second in Command at Abingdon. Paul who has been a member of 7RIFLES for 8 years is a veteran of Afghanistan where he served on Operation Herrick 18. A member of A Company Team 2, his team were runners up just missing the Champion Team prize by a whisker.
He said, “This weekend has been a real tester for us all and a good build up to our next live firing weekend which will be in the Brecon Beacons.”
A Company 7th Battalion the RIFLES are based at the Army Reserve Centre, in Abingdon Oxfordshire.
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