A BARNSLEY teenager has maintained a family tradition by successfully passing out as a junior soldier with the British Army.

Kirk Balk pupil Kelly Hill, 17, follows in the footsteps of her dad and two grandfathers, having successfully completed six months of basic training at Harrogate Foundation College.

She will now join the Royal Army Medical Corps, beginning her training in Lichfield this month as a combat medical technician.

Kelly's dad, Robert, had a military career with the Royal Engineers and both of her grandfathers served in the now defunct Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

Robert and Kelly's mum Gillian met as a result of the regiment's connection and now Kelly's decision to opt for a military career moves the family's army link onto another generation.

"There's a lot of history in the family with the army and I met my husband because of the connection with the KOYLI," said Gillian, of Fairburn Grove, Elsecar.