134 Officer Cadets were commissioned as Army Officers at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst’s Sovereign’s Parade held this week.
The parade marks the completion of 44 weeks of intensive training for the Officer Cadets of Commissioning Course 212, all of whom will officially hold Her Majesty The Queen’s Commission as of the stroke of midnight on the day of the parade.
In addition there are 28 international Cadets from 18 countries, including the United States of America and South Korea.
Representing Her Majesty the Queen was General James C. McConville, Chief of Staff of the United States Army, who inspected the front rank of the parade, made a congratulatory speech and presented the prize winners’ awards including the coveted Sword of Honour to the Officer Cadet who in the opinion of the Commandant and staff is the best of their intake.
The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) is where all officers in the British Army are trained to take on the responsibility of leading their soldiers. During training, all officer cadets learn to live by the academy’s motto:
‘Serve to Lead’
Other Nations choose to send their personnel to RMAS for Officer training because it is recognised as a world-leading military training academy.
The notable Alumni of the Royal Military College and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst are very numerous and include Sir Winston Churchill, Prince William, Prince Harry, actor David Niven, politician Iain Duncan Smith, musician James Blunt and MP Tobias Ellwood.