A 22-year-old from a village near Thrapston was one of more than 200 officer cadets to take part in a prestigious graduation ceremony at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst last week.
Maxwell Sones, from Denford, passed out from Sandhurst after 44 weeks of intensive military and academic training.
Maxwell, who will be joining the Mercian Regiment, said: “To commission as an officer in the British Army makes me extremely proud. It’s been a challenging but rewarding journey, and one I would encourage others to consider.
“The training and support I have received has been excellent and I cannot wait to start putting it into practice with the Mercian Regiment. I’m looking forward to the new opportunities open to me now that I am in the Army, and the chance to make my contribution on both operations and humanitarian projects overseas.”
As part of the ceremony on Friday, December 13, Maxwell joined fellow commissioning officer cadets in the Sovereign’s Parade in front of the Queen’s representative Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie.
The parade forms a key milestone for every Army officer and has been run at the end of each term for more than 200 years. This year’s 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 friends, family and regimental officers, the day concluded in spectacular and celebratory style at the exclusive Commissioning Ball. At the stroke of midnight, the newly commissioned Second Lieutenants proudly displayed their rank insignia for the first time.
Lieutenant Colonel Roy Parkinson, from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, said: “I am proud to congratulate our officer cadets on the completion of their training at Sandhurst.
“We are always looking for talented, young people to take up the challenge of a career in the Army, and over the past 44 weeks, the officer cadets have demonstrated real dedication, determination and professionalism. I look forward to seeing each of them realise their full potential as they embark on their careers with the Army.”
Brigadier Andrew Jackson, the Director of Recruiting and Training for the Army said: “No matter what your skills or background, the Army has something to offer you and an Army job provides opportunities to learn much more beyond military skills. It will develop you and show you the strengths you didn’t know you had.”