Warminster cadet Ciaron Milne joined around 200 fellow graduates in a prestigious ceremony as he passed out from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
Each officer cadet at Sandhurst has undergone 44 weeks of intensive military and academic training, combined with adventurous training and sporting challenges, before taking 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 Old College Square at Sandhurst for more than 200 years.
The Army is always recruiting, and there are currently hundreds of jobs available for officers, from engineering and communications specialists to veterinary surgeons, and dentists.
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 transferrable to civilian careers.
Ciaron, 23, who will be joining the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), said: “I’m really proud to have passed out from Sandhurst.
"It’s the premier leadership academy in the world and I’ve been able to represent the Army at sports while studying, which was very rewarding.
“I want to develop as a leader in the Army, and I also aim to gain chartered engineer status.”
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 at the Commissioning Ball, each newly commissioned Second Lieutenant displayed their rank insignia for the first time.
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.
“Our officers gain personal skills which apply to all walks of life, such as leadership, judgement, responsibility and respect.”
For more information about career opportunities available in the Army search “Army jobs” or visit www.army.mod.uk/join/