A young cadet from Sibford Gower joined around 200 fellow graduates in a prestigious ceremony as she passed out from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
Laura Wealsby, 21, will be going on to serve with the Adjutant General’s Corps after undergoing 44 weeks of intensive military and academic training, combined with adventurous training and sporting challenges.
The graduates took part in the Sovereign’s Parade in front of Her Majesty’s representative General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of General Staff. The parade has been run at the end of each term on College Square at Sandhurst for more than 200 years,
Laura said: “I’m really proud to have passed out from Sandhurst. I have always wanted to be in the army because I want a long career which has variety and gives me the chance to include sport and travel.
“Applying to Sandhurst is daunting but I’ve gained a lot of confidence, learnt the ethos of the platoon and made some great friends.”
At the stroke of midnight at the commissioning ball, each newly commissioned second lieutenant displayed their rank insignia for the first time.
Junior officers who graduate from Sandhurst are placed in charge of a team of soldiers, learning vital leadership and management skills which are highly valued and easily transferable to civilian careers.
Brigadier Andrew Jackson, director of recruiting and training for the army said: “The British Army has a long history of recruiting the brightest and best young officers and Sandhurst is just the start of the outstanding training they will receive throughout their careers.
“Junior officers are given great responsibility early in their army life and are rewarded with a challenging and exciting career, both at home and overseas, during peacetime or on operations. Whatever your background, the army has something to offer.
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