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Soldier passes commando test

Thursday, 23rd May 2002.

A Haverhill man has completed some of the toughest training in the armed forces for the right to wear the famous Green Beret.

Shawn Nolan undertook the 30 weeks of gruelling and physically demanding exercises necessary to become a Royal Marine Commando.

The tests included carrying his full pack for 30 miles across Dartmoor in less than eight hours, an endurance course, a nine-mile speed march and the Tarzan assault course.

The 20-year-old from Bailey Close, a former pupil at Samuel Ward Upper School, took all the challenges in his stride.

Shawn said: “Commando training is well-known for its intensity. The final goal is to finish training and to be awarded that coveted Green Beret.

“It’s been a fantastic experience for me and I’ve made some lifelong friends among my fellow Royal Marines.”

He will specialise in the field of signals and will undergo further training in Devon.

Haverhill Weekly News

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