A group of 18 overseas cadets were among over 100 young officers who graduated form the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, at a ceremony on Friday (10 December).
GV Parade lined up at Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, U.K.
SV Marshal of RAF, Sir Andrew Humphrey
SV Adjutant rides forward on horse and invites Humphrey to inspect cadets (2 shots)
SV Cadets lined up
CU Cadet F.K. Afenu of Ghana
SV Humphrey inspecting cadets including those form Arab states, Asia and West Indies (2 shots)
CU (left to right) Nigerian cadets K.J. Olu and Midt Sule
LV AND SV Inspection continues as crowd watches (2 shots)
SV Colours handed over (2 shots)
SV Cadets present arms as crowd watches (2 shots)
SV AND CU Colours trooped past Humphrey as crowd watches (4 shots)
SV Adjutant rides up steps into college
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Background: A group of 18 overseas cadets were among over 100 young officers who graduated form the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, at a ceremony on Friday (10 December).
SYNOPSIS: A total of 106 cadets took part in the Sovereign's Parade at Sandhurst, the traditional passing out parade of the Academy.
The Sovereign's representative at the ceremony was Marshal of the Royal Air Force, Sir Andrew Humphrey, who is the Chief of the Defence Staff. He was invited to inspect the officer cadets by the Academy Adjutant, Major R.J.S. Corbett.
Cadet F.K. Afenu of Ghana was one of the 18 overseas cadets who graduated on Friday. Thirteen different nations were represented at the passing-out parade.
Cadets J.J. Olu and Midt Sule of Nigeria also passed out on Friday.
Other countries represented included Brunei, Jordan, Qatar, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, and Trinidad and Tobago.
40 of the cadets who paraded on Friday will return to Sandhurst early next year for further training, while another 48 qualified for short service commissions and are being posted to various regiments.
All candidates at the Academy now complete a seven-moth standard military course when they are commissioned.
Short service officers than leave the Academy, while regular officers do another six months of professional academic studies and military training.
The Sword of Honour for best cadet on the course was awarded to Senior Under Officer Timothy Spicer. The Overseas Stick, a parade cane with a silver knob, was awarded to Junior Under officer Peter Joseph of Trinidad, who will join the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment.
Other guests at the ceremony included the Secretary of State for Defence, Mr. Fred Mulley, the Chief-of-the-general Staff, General Sir Roland Gibbs, Nigerian Army Commander-in-chief, Lieutenant General T.Y. Danjuma, and the Qatar Army Commander in Chief, Major general Sheik Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani.