A drill-laden week

Another update from Officer Cadet Todd Ledwith, undergoing Officer Training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. The end of term might be approaching but the pace is not slowing down…

Officer Cadet Ledwith

Officer Cadet Ledwith

The final three events of this term’s Sovereign’s Banner competition were fought out with a log race around the camp, in the classroom for the second Military Written Test and on Old College drill square for the Drill Competition. It has been a drill-laden week as we prepare for the Sovereign’s  Parade at the end of term next Friday. The Parade marks the completion of the Commissioning Course for the Senior term and the Intermediate term also take part, this requires a great deal of practice in order to properly synchronise the approximately 500 people who will be on the square. At the conclusion of the practice on Saturday morning, we were treated to the Senior term’s skits on the parade square; a chance to make light of the events and personalities from their year here, ostensibly free from repercussions. Other notable events this week were that we threw our first live grenades on the ranges and attended the last Church parade of the term where the Sandhurst Colours were laid at the altar to signify placing the life of the Academy at the altar of God.

With one week left, the schedule becomes even more drill-orientated to ensure that the parade is of the highest calibre, in keeping with the tradition of distinction that Sandhurst enjoys in this area. Adventurous training and leave are only 5 days of hard work away and for the Senior term, the end of the week will see them realise the ultimate goal of the course – a commission.