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Well done to former student Tom Organ, who has recently completed his Initial Naval Training for the Royal Navy.

Tom, now 19, studied Uniformed Services at Cirencester College between 2020-2022, and achieved a triple distinction star, the highest grade possible.

Able Rate (AB) Tom joined the Royal Navy in July 2023 and has completed his 10-weeks Initial Naval Training at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, Cornwall.

The training package is designed to militarise and marinise civilians into sailors, preparing them to serve at sea in an operationally deployed Navy that is Global, Modern, and Ready.

When asked about the training experience and his highlights, Tom said “Highlights were learning how to operate in various boats on the River Tamar and being taught to safely handle and shoot the rifle on the range.

You can learn a lot of valuable information in the 10-weeks, and it changes you as a person as you meet some great people and develop skills you wouldn’t typically get taught.”

Stuart Williams, one of Tom’s former lecturers, said “Tom was always a conscientious student on the Uniformed Services course and worked hard to achieve his goals. He would approach all tasks with a positive disposition which resulted in strong results in both practical and theory work. If he ever underperformed on an assignment or practical task, he would never let it get the better of him. He was always willing to take on board advice and would rise to the challenge, making every effort to improve until he had achieved the best grade possible.”

AB Tom now goes on to undertake his professional training in HMS Collingwood, Fareham Hampshire where he will learn his trade as a Warfare Specialist before joining his first ship and sailing off to start his global adventure in Senior Service.

Everyone at Cirencester College continues to wish Tom every success in his career. For more information on this story, please contact

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