AFTER 44 weeks of intensive military and academic training, Ashley Dale is proud to have passed out from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
He successfully completed the most respected and challenging officer training course in the world.
The 22-year-old, from Fareham, joined 200 fellow graduates in a prestigious ceremony – the Sovereign’s Parade in front of Her Majesty’s representative, General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of General Staff.
Ashley, who will be going on to serve with the Royal Engineers, said: ‘I’m really proud to have passed out from Sandhurst.
‘I’ve learnt self-discipline and physical courage, and represented the academy in boxing.
‘My family has a long history with the Army but I’m the first to pass out from Sandhurst, so they are very proud.
‘I’m looking forward to travelling the world and serving my country.’
The ceremony took place on Friday, August 9, and ended in traditional fashion with the Adjutant of the College riding a horse up the steps of the Old College, following the graduating officer cadets through the Grand Entrance.
At the stroke of midnight each newly commissioned Second Lieutenant displayed their rank insignia for the first time.