DANCER Katie Heslop has swapped ballet pumps for combat boots to join her two brothers in the army.
The Castleford 17-year-old, who is less than 5ft, signed up last week for the British Army – and could soon be fighting in Afghanistan alongside brothers Joseph, 21 and Liam, 18.
Katie, of The Croft, said: “I started dancing at a young age and did everything from ballet, tap and disco dancing. I really loved it, but I’m really excited to start my new life in the army.
“My brothers have helped me out by giving me a few words of encouragement, they have said good luck and that if I ever need to cry, I can call them up, just so that they can laugh at me later!
“They told me that no army day is ever the same and that is exciting to me.”
Proud mum Joy Warriner, 42, said: “Katie was a talented dancer, but I think she became very interested in army life after seeing her brothers enlist and hearing how much they enjoyed it when they came home on leave.”
Katie – who left Featherstone’s St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School with 16 GCSEs – has been a member of Castleford Army Cadets for two years.
She will join the Adjudant General’s Corps as a combat human resources specialist, starting her 14-week training course in Surrey next month.
Joseph joined the army five years ago and serves as a trooper in the Royal Dragoon Guards.
He did a six-month tour of Helmand province in Afghanistan last year. Liam is serving as a gunner in the Royal Artillery and is yet to see active service.