Officer cadets from 15 countries, six of them African, marked the end of their course at Britain's Sandhurst Royal Military College by taking part in the college's "passing out parade".
GV Cadets being drilled on parade ground
SV & CU Cadets await inspection (3 shots)
SV Duchess of Kent reviewing cadets as guests look on (4 shots)
GV ZOOM IN ONE Cadets marching past in slow time
SV Duchess of Kent looking on
GV & CU Cadets marching past in fast time (3 shots)
SV Cadets relaxing after parade
CU Cadet Akwa interviewed by Visnews reporter Paul Toulmin-Rothe
GV Nigerian cadets Eze and Agbola being interviewed
TOULMIN-ROTHE: "Cadet Akwa, where are you from?"
AKWA: "I'm from Ghana."
TOULMIN-ROTHE: "Whereabouts in Ghana?"
AKWA: "From the kole district in Ghana, but my mother comes from the Kartoon district and my father comes from the Kole district so you know, it's a sort of a balance between the two."
TOULMIN-ROTHE: "Cadets Eze and Agbola, how long have you been in England?"
EZE: "I have been here about eight months now an I have a been at Sandhurst since at least seven months."
TOULMIN-ROTHE: "How did you enjoy the course at Sandhurst?"
AGBOLA: "Immensely, except it gets a little bit nippy at times."
TOULMIN-ROTHE: "What units of the Nigerian army will you return to when you go back home?"
AGBOLA: "I will join the armoured corps."
TOULMIN-ROTHE: "And you?"
EZE: "I would prefer the artillery."
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Background: Officer cadets from 15 countries, six of them African, marked the end of their course at Britain's Sandhurst Royal Military College by taking part in the college's "passing out parade".
The Duchess of kent represented Queen Elizabeth at the sovereign's parade.
SYNOPSIS: The traditions on which Sandhurst is based go back over two centuries. The Sandhurst Charter says the aim of the course is to develop the qualities of leadership and provide the basic knowledge required by all potential officers, so that after appropriate Special-to-Ar training they will be fit to be junior commanders.
The Duchess of Kent reviewed the officer cadets and many relatives and friends of the 135 cadets at the passing out parade came to watch. Since the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, opened under its present name in 1947, 14,605,officer cadets have been trained, including overseas cadets from 61 different countries.
The officer first marched past in slow time to the Band of the Blues and Royals.
They ten marched past the Duchess of kent in fast time.
Nineteen overseas cadets passed out and will probably receive commissions in the armed forces of their own countries. Afterwards Visnews reporter Paul Toulmin-Rothe spoke to some of the successful cadets.