Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-08-19

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8 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2020 News 213 Officer Cadets from Commission­ing Course pass out as army officers at the Sovereign’s Parade 200 proud officers at Academy’s passing out ceremony PHOTOS BY CORPORAL ROB KANE By STEPHEN LLOYD tional Cadets from 24 countries as far afield as Paraguay, Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan. Senior Under Officer Samuel Mallett received The RMAS Sword of Honour, which is awarded to the Officer Cadet considered by the Commandant to be the best of the intake. He said: “I’m honoured and extremely proud to have been awarded the sword. It’s been challengin­g but I have a great experience.” were told on the first day that it’s impossible to pass the course on your own, and that working as a team is the only way to succeed. “As we part, having marched up the Old College steps, onwards to our new units, I’m certain we’ll keep in touch. Our training has prepared us and I’m honoured to be trusted to lead Riflemen in the future.” Among the 213 Officer Cadets commission­ing were 37 Interna- Officer Cadet Peony Grainger, from Sussex. She said: “Thinking back to this time last year it feels like a lifetime ago. “Being a part of such an ambitious, hardworkin­g platoon can only ever be rewarding. Walking up the Old College steps alongside the other 28 men and women from 34 platoon will be a moment I’ll remember forever.” OCdt Scarsi from Imjin Company added: “This year has been one I’ll always look back on with fond memories. “We quickly went from being strangers to lifelong friends. We Covid-19 guidelines. The Commission­ing Cadets were restricted to inviting only two guests to ensure the strict social distancing policy was upheld, while the Cadets marched on and performed their drill movements in open order to maintain their distancing. Unusually for the Sovereign’s Parade there were only two divisions on parade instead of three – the Junior Division, having started later in the year due to lockdown, were not ready to take to the famous parade square in front of Old College. Among those Walking up the Old College steps will be a moment I’ll remember forever. @FleetNandM MORE than 200 Officer Cadets passed out as Army Officers during the latest Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on Friday. Guest of honour and parade Inspecting Officer was Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, who laid a wreath in Chapel Square, toured the Indian Army Memorial Room and spoke with a number of the Internatio­nal Cadets. Friday’s Sovereign’s Parade was adapted in order to comply with Officer Cadet Grainger taking part was The Cadets step off outside New College for the parade Sovereigns Platoon march past after receiving the colours during the Sovereign’s Parade PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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