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A YOUNG cadet was one of 200 graduates to take part in a passing out ceremony.

Ashley Dale, from Fareham, has completed a challenging officer training course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

The 22-year-old underwent 44 weeks of intensive military and academic training combined with sporting challenges.

Ashley will now go on to serve with the Royal Engineers.

He 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.’

Brigadier Andrew Jackson, director of recruiting and training for the army, added: ‘Junior officers are given great responsibility early in their army life. They are rewarded with a challenging and exciting career.’