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.