Private Shi-Shun Burgess, 19, a salesman at telecommunications store The Hub, Warwick, said he joined the RBR partly because of the attractive pay rates.
But the former Cadet force member added: “It’s also to keep me organised and to better myself.
The Cadets helped me a lot and I figured this is just the next step.
“It feels good – even the food is pretty good. I expected it to be worse.”
Pte Burgess added he had his sights set on becoming a Sergeant and was considering the RBR Coast Guard as an option when he finished Recruit Camp.
Pte Ronesha James-Dill, 18, said she was so excited at starting at Warwick Camp she did not sleep the night before she was due to report for duty.
She added: “I joined for the discipline. I like challenges – anything to push myself further.”
Pte James-Dill said she knew what to expect from military life because she is from a dynasty of soldiers – her brother Calshunto James is a Corporal, sister Asiyah James is an RBR chef and her twin sister Rotesha is serving in the British Army.
The office administrator at wholesalers Viking Foods added: “I want to learn more team work skills. I’m quite good at that, but there is always room to grow and room to improve.
“I want to go as high as possible in the RBR. I wouldn’t have joined if I didn’t want to do that. I’m looking forward to it all and how I will change mentally, physically and emotionally.”
Pte James Dill said: “I’m a bit nervous about the assault course, but I think it’ll be fine – just don’t doubt yourself.”
Pte Gianluca Guglielmucci, 23, from Paget, said he signed up for the experience and to gain new skills.
The accounting and finance graduate from the University of Kent in the UK added: “It’s also about adventure and serving the country.
“I aim to stay in the Regiment and have a career here. I’m really interested in the Coast Guard – I want to learn more about the maritime life of the island. I’m also looking forward to the firing range and building relationships with everyone here.”