Goat completes basic training, joins British Army in key role

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Goat Passes Basic Training to Join British Army

LONDON — A goat has secured a sought-after role in the British Army after a gruelling selection process led to him being appointed to a key position in the Royal Welsh Regiment.

The tongue-twistingly named Fusilier Llywelyn was selected from a herd of competitors after he showed "more promise than the others", according to the BBC. He's now completed basic goat training and will be starting a new life at his regiment's barracks in Wiltshire.

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TIDWORTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: The 1st Battalion of The Royal Welsh's newest recruit, Fusilier Llywelyn, with his Goat Major, Fusilier Matthew Owen, before a passing out ceremony at the Officer's Mess at Lucknow Barracks, on January 22, 2016 in Wiltshire, England. Fus Llywelyn is the latest in a long line of goats recruited by the regiment since 1844 when Queen Victoria presented the Royal Welsh Fusiliers with its first official Royal goat. The Regular and Reserve battalions have always recruited a goat from the Royal herd at the Great Orme, Llandudno. As well as his daily exercise regime working alongside the Goat Major, Llywelyn will be be involved in a host of official duties including leading the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh on all ceremonial duties, leading parades and even an invitation to parade in London as part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TIDWORTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: The 1st Battalion of The Royal Welsh's newest recruit, Fusilier Llywelyn, with his Goat Major, Fusilier Matthew Owen, before a passing out ceremony at the Officer's Mess at Lucknow Barracks, on January 22, 2016 in Wiltshire, England. Fus Llywelyn is the latest in a long line of goats recruited by the regiment since 1844 when Queen Victoria presented the Royal Welsh Fusiliers with its first official Royal goat. The Regular and Reserve battalions have always recruited a goat from the Royal herd at the Great Orme, Llandudno. As well as his daily exercise regime working alongside the Goat Major, Llywelyn will be be involved in a host of official duties including leading the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh on all ceremonial duties, leading parades and even an invitation to parade in London as part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TIDWORTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: The 1st Battalion of The Royal Welsh's newest recruit, Fusilier Llywelyn, with his Goat Major, Fusilier Matthew Owen, before a passing out ceremony at the Officer's Mess at Lucknow Barracks, on January 22, 2016 in Wiltshire, England. Fus Llywelyn is the latest in a long line of goats recruited by the regiment since 1844 when Queen Victoria presented the Royal Welsh Fusiliers with its first official Royal goat. The Regular and Reserve battalions have always recruited a goat from the Royal herd at the Great Orme, Llandudno. As well as his daily exercise regime working alongside the Goat Major, Llywelyn will be be involved in a host of official duties including leading the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh on all ceremonial duties, leading parades and even an invitation to parade in London as part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TIDWORTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: The 1st Battalion of The Royal Welsh's newest recruit, Fusilier Llywelyn, with his Goat Major, Fusilier Matthew Owen, before a passing out ceremony at the Officer's Mess at Lucknow Barracks, on January 22, 2016 in Wiltshire, England. Fus Llywelyn is the latest in a long line of goats recruited by the regiment since 1844 when Queen Victoria presented the Royal Welsh Fusiliers with its first official Royal goat. The Regular and Reserve battalions have always recruited a goat from the Royal herd at the Great Orme, Llandudno. As well as his daily exercise regime working alongside the Goat Major, Llywelyn will be be involved in a host of official duties including leading the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh on all ceremonial duties, leading parades and even an invitation to parade in London as part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TIDWORTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: The 1st Battalion of The Royal Welsh's newest recruit, Fusilier Llywelyn, with his Goat Major, Fusilier Matthew Owen, before a passing out ceremony at the Officer's Mess at Lucknow Barracks, on January 22, 2016 in Wiltshire, England. Fus Llywelyn is the latest in a long line of goats recruited by the regiment since 1844 when Queen Victoria presented the Royal Welsh Fusiliers with its first official Royal goat. The Regular and Reserve battalions have always recruited a goat from the Royal herd at the Great Orme, Llandudno. As well as his daily exercise regime working alongside the Goat Major, Llywelyn will be be involved in a host of official duties including leading the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh on all ceremonial duties, leading parades and even an invitation to parade in London as part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TIDWORTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: The 1st Battalion of The Royal Welsh's newest recruit, Fusilier Llywelyn, with his Goat Major, Fusilier Matthew Owen, before a passing out ceremony at the Officer's Mess at Lucknow Barracks, on January 22, 2016 in Wiltshire, England. Fus Llywelyn is the latest in a long line of goats recruited by the regiment since 1844 when Queen Victoria presented the Royal Welsh Fusiliers with its first official Royal goat. The Regular and Reserve battalions have always recruited a goat from the Royal herd at the Great Orme, Llandudno. As well as his daily exercise regime working alongside the Goat Major, Llywelyn will be be involved in a host of official duties including leading the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh on all ceremonial duties, leading parades and even an invitation to parade in London as part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TIDWORTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: The 1st Battalion of The Royal Welsh's newest recruit, Fusilier Llywelyn, with his Goat Major, Fusilier Matthew Owen, before a passing out ceremony at the Officer's Mess at Lucknow Barracks, on January 22, 2016 in Wiltshire, England. Fus Llywelyn is the latest in a long line of goats recruited by the regiment since 1844 when Queen Victoria presented the Royal Welsh Fusiliers with its first official Royal goat. The Regular and Reserve battalions have always recruited a goat from the Royal herd at the Great Orme, Llandudno. As well as his daily exercise regime working alongside the Goat Major, Llywelyn will be be involved in a host of official duties including leading the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh on all ceremonial duties, leading parades and even an invitation to parade in London as part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TIDWORTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Regimental paintings showing previous regimental goats are displayed as the 1st Battalion of The Royal Welsh welcome their newest recruit, Fusilier Llywelyn, their new regimental goat, at the Officer's Mess at Lucknow Barracks, on January 22, 2016 in Wiltshire, England.Fus Llywelyn is the latest in a long line of goats recruited by the regiment since 1844 when Queen Victoria presented the Royal Welsh Fusiliers with its first official Royal goat. The Regular and Reserve battalions have always recruited a goat from the Royal herd at the Great Orme, Llandudno. As well as his daily exercise regime working alongside the Goat Major, Llywelyn will be be involved in a host of official duties including leading the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh on all ceremonial duties, leading parades and even an invitation to parade in London as part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TIDWORTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: The 1st Battalion of The Royal Welsh's newest recruit, Fusilier Llywelyn, with his Goat Major, Fusilier Matthew Owen, before a passing out ceremony at the Officer's Mess at Lucknow Barracks, on January 22, 2016 in Wiltshire, England. Fus Llywelyn is the latest in a long line of goats recruited by the regiment since 1844 when Queen Victoria presented the Royal Welsh Fusiliers with its first official Royal goat. The Regular and Reserve battalions have always recruited a goat from the Royal herd at the Great Orme, Llandudno. As well as his daily exercise regime working alongside the Goat Major, Llywelyn will be be involved in a host of official duties including leading the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh on all ceremonial duties, leading parades and even an invitation to parade in London as part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TIDWORTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: The 1st Battalion of The Royal Welsh's newest recruit, Fusilier Llywelyn, with his Goat Major, Fusilier Matthew Owen, before a passing out ceremony at the Officer's Mess at Lucknow Barracks, on January 22, 2016 in Wiltshire, England. Fus Llywelyn is the latest in a long line of goats recruited by the regiment since 1844 when Queen Victoria presented the Royal Welsh Fusiliers with its first official Royal goat. The Regular and Reserve battalions have always recruited a goat from the Royal herd at the Great Orme, Llandudno. As well as his daily exercise regime working alongside the Goat Major, Llywelyn will be be involved in a host of official duties including leading the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh on all ceremonial duties, leading parades and even an invitation to parade in London as part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TIDWORTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: The 1st Battalion of The Royal Welsh's newest recruit, Fusilier Llywelyn, with his Goat Major, Fusilier Matthew Owen, before a passing out ceremony at the Officer's Mess at Lucknow Barracks, on January 22, 2016 in Wiltshire, England. Fus Llywelyn is the latest in a long line of goats recruited by the regiment since 1844 when Queen Victoria presented the Royal Welsh Fusiliers with its first official Royal goat. The Regular and Reserve battalions have always recruited a goat from the Royal herd at the Great Orme, Llandudno. As well as his daily exercise regime working alongside the Goat Major, Llywelyn will be be involved in a host of official duties including leading the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh on all ceremonial duties, leading parades and even an invitation to parade in London as part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TIDWORTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: The 1st Battalion of The Royal Welsh's newest recruit, Fusilier Llywelyn, with his Goat Major, Fusilier Matthew Owen, before a passing out ceremony at the Officer's Mess at Lucknow Barracks, on January 22, 2016 in Wiltshire, England. Fus Llywelyn is the latest in a long line of goats recruited by the regiment since 1844 when Queen Victoria presented the Royal Welsh Fusiliers with its first official Royal goat. The Regular and Reserve battalions have always recruited a goat from the Royal herd at the Great Orme, Llandudno. As well as his daily exercise regime working alongside the Goat Major, Llywelyn will be be involved in a host of official duties including leading the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh on all ceremonial duties, leading parades and even an invitation to parade in London as part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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Llywelyn's appointment comes after the death of Lance Corporal Gwillam 'Taffy VI' Jenkins, the last goat to lead the Royal Welsh parade (there have been a long line of esteemed goats leading the regiment's parades since the 18th century).

The member of the regiment responsible for leading Llywelyn in parades is known, quite brilliantly, as the "Goat Major". The current Goat Major is Fusilier Matthew Owen, who has spoken very highly of Llywelyn's level of dedication.

"Since he was recruited in November Llywelyn has undergone intensive training, and preparing for his pass out today," he was quoted in a press release sent to Mashable.

"He worked very hard this morning and was absolutely fantastic. Llywelyn has loved the attention, he is one for stardom."

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