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South Perth-raised Matthew Benn grad­u­ated from the Royal Mil­i­tary Col­lege in Dun­troon with two pres­ti­gious hon­ours.

A SOUTH Perth of­fi­cer has grad­u­ated from Royal Mil­i­tary Col­lege – Dun­troon in Can­berra with awards.

Lieu­tenant Matthew Benn re­ceived the Sword of Hon­our for ex­em­plary con­duct and the Queen’s Medal as the grad­u­ate with the high­est ag­gre­gate of marks among 140 peo­ple.

Lt Benn said his du­ties at the col­lege in­cluded per­form­ing the cur­ricu­lum, run­ning the col­lege and be­ing the link be­tween the staff and cadets.

“The Sword of Hon­our is es­sen­tially gifted for ex­cel­lence and go­ing above and be­yond your du­ties. It sym­bol­ises the work you’ve done over the 18 months; it’s the re­ward for the sac­ri­fice and for putting in the hard ef­fort,” he said.

Lt Benn man­ages a staff of seven other cadets in the bat­tal­ions area as Bat­tal­ion Sergeant Ma­jor, a role he was awarded last year.

“As with mis­con­cep­tions with any job, it’s not al­ways what you see in the film and it’s a lot of hard work,” he said.

Lt Benn said join­ing the army at 18 af­ter school was the best choice he made.

Lieu­tenant Matthew Benn led the Royal Mil­i­tary Col­lege – Dun­troon grad­u­a­tion pa­rade in Can­berra last month.

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