Old Ashvillian Sam Rutter (1996 – 2010) was one of more than 200 Officer Cadets who took part in the 175th Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, marking their successful completion of the most respected and challenging officer training course in the world.
In order to commission out of Sandhurst each Officer Cadet must undergo 44 weeks of intensive military and academic training, combined with adventurous and sporting challenges. This parade, which has run for more than 200 years, marked the participants transition from the rank of Officer Cadet to 2nd Lieutenant.
Sam, 22, who will be a Troop Commander at the King’s Royal Hussars, said:
To commission as an Officer in the British Army makes me incredibly proud, it’s been a challenging journey to get here, but the hardship is definitely worth the reward.
I joined the Army because I want to lead soldiers into combat and serve my country as so many have done before me. It’s an honour to be deemed good enough to lead the best soldiers in the world and I’m really looking forward to starting my career with the King’s Royal Hussars.
The parade forms a key milestone for every Army officer and this years cadets shared the excitement with friends, family and VIPs who gathered on Old College Square to watch the culmination of their course. After a formal lunch with family and regimental officers, the day was concluded in a spectacular fashion with the exclusive Commissioning Ball. At the stroke of midnight, the newly commissioned 2nd Lieutenants proudly displayed their rank insignia for the first time.
Junior Officers are given great responsibility early in their Army life, and are rewarded with a challenging and exciting career, both at home and overseas, during peacetime or on operation.
We wish Sam all the best as he begins his army career, and look forward to following his progress.