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A Sheep in the British Army Got Promoted to Lance Corporal

Private Derby XXX, a Swaledale ram, was officially recognized for “good behavior” and promoted to the illustrious rank of lance corporal at a recent event celebrating the eight-year anniversary of the Mercian Regiment, the British Army regiment for which the majestic horned beast serves as mascot. Lance Corporal Derby XXX, who is considered a soldier, may now wear a stripe to signify his new rank. The ram joined in February 2014, and is the 30th in a line of mascot rams, thus the “XXX” surname. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

It’s worth noting that the British Army has a history of “animal mascots that are also soldiers,”[1] including William Windsor, a goat that was once demoted from lance corporal for inappropriate behavior during a parade celebrating the Queen’s 80th birthday. Billy, as he’s known, reportedly even went so far as to try to headbutt a drummer[2].

Lance Corporal Derby XXX, with a track record of much better behavior, appears to have an illustrious Armyrats © military career ahead of him.

Source: BBC via Mashable[3][4]


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