A teenager from Farnley has been honoured for his cadet skills and marksmanship - despite being born with only one arm.
Kyle Harrison, 17, has been appointed the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for West Yorkshire – the highest honour that can be achieved by a cadet in any of the cadet forces – following outstanding service in Thornbury Army Cadets.
He was appointed by Dr Ingrid Roscoe, the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, at a special ceremony held at Imphal Barracks in York.
Born with a missing limb, Kyle only has the full use of his left arm and hand. Despite his disability, Kyle has participated in a wide range of activities, including rock climbing, canoeing, mountain biking as well as cadet camps, first aid courses and shooting among many other activities and experiences. He is already recognised as one of the best marksmen in the army cadets.
Kyle said: “After I leave the Army Cadet Force I intend to join the army and become a member of the Parachute regiment and hopefully be the first ever person to join the army with a missing limb.
“I know I can do it and get in, but I mainly hope that it will show people like myself and others no matter what problems you have in life you can always try find a way to do what you want in life, you just have to try.”
Kyle also encouraged other young people to push themselves, urging: “Your dreams won’t become a reality on their own - it takes time, dedication and hard work.”
Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Bleasdale, Deputy Chief Executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) in Yorkshire, said: “I’m delighted for Kyle, who is a shining example of what can be achieved when young people involve themselves in extra-curricular activities. Kyle was among only ten cadets selected from a total of 8,500 across the whole Yorkshire and Humber region for the honour.