AN officer cadet from Redditch has graduated from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
Tom Warner joined hundreds of fellow officer cadets in a prestigious graduation ceremony at the Army’s world renowned centre of excellence in Berkshire.
Passing out from Sandhurst marks the completion of 44 weeks of intensive military and academic training, combined with adventurous 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, 20-year-old Second Lieutenant Warner 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.
Life as an Army officer comes with challenge, responsibility and guaranteed progression – preparing you for your future life inside and outside of the Army. Officers could find themselves leading highly trained platoons, taking part in peacekeeping missions or helping to deliver humanitarian aid around the world.
2nd Lt Warner, who will be joining the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), said: “Being part of an elite group of people that have graduated as British Army Officers from Sandhurst 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 REME, 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 job away from the mundane nine to five.”
Major General Paul Nanson, Commandant Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, said: “Congratulations to all our officer cadets on their commissions. The cadets have come from a wide variety of backgrounds – many have come straight from university, some from sixth form and some from within the Army’s soldier ranks – but they will now all embark on their Army careers with the same outstanding training.
“The Army is always looking for its next generation of leaders to take up the challenge of an officer career and, over the past 44 weeks, the cadets have demonstrated real dedication, determination and professionalism.
“I look forward to seeing each of them realise their full potential as they embark on their careers with the Army.”
To apply to join the Regular Army as an officer, candidates must be aged 18 to 26, have at least seven GCSEs (with a minimum grade C in English Language, Maths and either a science or a foreign language) and 180 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of three A levels.