King Hussein of Jordan attended a graduation ceremony for officers of one of his country's top military training establishments on Wednesday (30 November).
GV King Hussein and officers walking past officials at military academy in Zerka
MV Guests seated at official stand
SV Massed officers march past in slow march
SV King Hussein and officers taking salute as officers march past (2 shots)
MV American naval officer and others seated at official stand
GV King Hussein presents sword to graduate, shakes hands and salutes
SV Civilians look on as Hussein presents another award to graduate
MCU Military officers look on as graduates march past (2 shots)
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Background: King Hussein of Jordan attended a graduation ceremony for officers of one of his country's top military training establishments on Wednesday (30 November). It was his first official function since President Anwar Sadat's visit to Israel. King Hussein has been extremely guarded in his reaction to the Egyptian peace initiative.
SYNOPSIS: The ceremony was for graduates of the Royal Military Academy at Zerka, near Amman, and King Hussein was given a full military welcome on his arrival there. In a massed march-past officers displayed some of their precision skills.
King Hussein is a professional soldier himself, having trained at Sandhurst Royal Military Academy in Britain. He still takes pride in his fitness and military skill.
Military and naval attaches from various countries were among official guests who watched as King Hussein presented prizes to the top graduates. The most outstanding new officer received a traditional sword for his achievements. All Jordanian men over the age of 18 are required to sign up for two years national service.
Relatives of the graduates were also there for the ceremony. The academy is considered to be one of the best in the Arab world and among the new officers were men who had come from Syria, Qatar, and Bahrain to train. The total strength of the Jordanian armed forces is more than 80,000, with an army of 75,000 men.