Portsmouth Officer Cadet graduates from Sandhurst

Alexander Sergeant went through 44 weeks of intensive military training at Sandhurst. ''Picture: David Baird (www.david-baird.co.uk)
Alexander Sergeant went through 44 weeks of intensive military training at Sandhurst. ''Picture: David Baird (www.david-baird.co.uk)
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Alexander Sergeant, from Portsmouth, joined hundreds of Officer Cadets in a prestigious graduation ceremony recently at the Army’s world-renowned Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst.

Graduating from Sandhurst marks the completion of 44 weeks of intensive military and academic training, combined with adventure training and sporting challenges.

By the time Officer Cadets have graduated they enjoy immediate leadership responsibilities, where they will be in charge of a platoon of 30 soldiers, managing their skills, workloads and welfare.

With friends and family in the audience, Alexander and all the graduating Officer Cadets took part in the Sovereign’s Parade in front of Her Majesty’s representatives.

The parade is a key milestone for every Army officer and has been run at the end of each term for over 200 years.

It ended in traditional fashion with the Academy Adjutant riding a horse up the steps of Old College, following the graduating Officer Cadets through the grand entrance.

After a formal lunch with friends, family and regimental officers, the day concluded in spectacular and celebratory style at the exclusive commissioning ball.

Alexander, who will be joining the Royal Logistics Corps, said: ‘Being part of an elite group of people that have graduated from Sandhurst as an officer in the British Army makes me extremely proud.

‘It’s one of the biggest challenges I have ever undertaken, but also one of the most rewarding.

‘The training and support I have received has been excellent and I cannot wait to start putting it into practice with the 
Royal Logistics Corps and to be given the chance to make my contribution on operations, adventure training, and missions overseas.

‘I would recommend an officer career to anyone looking for an exciting career away from the mundane nine to five.’

The ceremony coincides with a nationwide Army recruitment campaign to attract people into hundreds of full-time Army officer jobs.