AN officer cadet from the Capital has joined the ranks of the British Army’s next generation of leaders after passing out in a prestigious graduation ceremony at the world-renowned Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
Passing out from Sandhurst marks the completion of 44 weeks of intensive military and academic training, combined with adventurous training and sporting challenges.
As soon as officer cadets graduate, they enjoy leadership responsibilities and will have guaranteed career progression through the ranks.
Alexander Gale, 24, will be in charge of a platoon of 30 soldiers, managing their skills, workloads and welfare, and could deploy on peacekeeping missions or deliver humanitarian aid within months of graduating.
Sandhurst trains officers to prepare for leading their platoons in high pressure situations, while giving them a sense of belonging to something bigger than themselves.
With friends and family in the audience, officer cadet Gale took part in the Sovereign’s Parade and has now been promoted to second lieutenant.
2Lt Gale, who will be joining the Royal Logistic Corps, said: “Being part of an elite group of people that have graduated as British Army officers from Sandhurst makes me extremely proud.
“It’s one of the biggest challenges I have ever undertaken, but also one of the most rewarding. I cannot wait to be putting the leadership skills I’ve learne to good use as part of my new regiment.”
He added: “I would recommend an officer career to anyone looking for an exciting job away from the mundane nine to five. and those wanting lasting bonds of friendship and hoping to belong to a cause that makes a positive difference in the world.” Sandurst is the British Army’s initial officer training centre and is located in the town of Camberley, near the village of Sandhurst, Berkshire. The Academy is the national centre of excellence for leadership.
All British Army officers, as well as other men and women from overseas, are trained at the Academy. Previous notable people to have attended Sandhurst include several members of the royal family, Sir Winston Churchill and James Bond creator, Ian Fleming.Major General Paul Nanson, Commandant Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, said: “Cadets come from a wide variety of backgrounds – many have come straight from university, some from sixth form and some from within the Army’s soldier ranks – but they will now all embark on their Army careers with the same outstanding training.
“Being an officer in the Army means supporting colleagues, sharing values and goals and working together to achieve something that really matters.
“I look forward to seeing our new officers realise their full potential as they embark on their careers with the Army.”