Doug Beattie MLA promoted to major in the Royal Irish

Doug Beattie MC MLA
Doug Beattie MC MLA
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UUP MLA Doug Beattie has been receiving congratulations online after being promoted to the rank of major in the Royal Irish Regiment.

He tweeted: “Having joined the military as a 16-year-old Ranger (Private) with no educational qualifications, today I have received notification of promotion to Major and sub-unit command.”

He then clarified that he was speaking about the Royal Irish Reserves, which occasionally serve overseas with their full-time counterparts,

“May start running again,” he added.

He then received a string of congratulations, including those from DUP MLA Christopher Stalford and Lord Kilclooney.

Mr Beattie served three tours in Afghanistan in 2006, 2008 and 2010-11. Originally from Portadown in Northern Ireland, he became a soldier in 1982.

He was awarded the Military Cross for his actions in a 13-day-battle in Afghanistan in 2006.