Prince William to join the army

October 21st, 2005  
Team Infidel

Topic: Prince William to join the army

Oh, I wish I could be his drill sergeant....

LONDON, England -- Prince William, second in line to the British throne, is to follow his brother Prince Harry into the army after gaining entry to the elite military academy Sandhurst, palace officials say.

The 23-year-old future king will be the most senior royal in recent history to train at the prestigious officer training college in Camberley, south of London.

He received the news that he had passed the Regular Commissions Board (RCB) selection process this morning, Clarence House said Friday.

William, who will be head of the armed forces when he becomes king, said he was "absolutely delighted" at the news, the Press Association reported. He took his entrance exam with 20 other candidates this week.

"I am absolutely delighted to have got over the first hurdle, but I am only too well aware, having spoken so much to Harry, that this is just the beginning," he said.

"I am really looking forward to taking my place alongside all the other cadets at Sandhurst."

William, who is upholding the tradition of royal military service, has previously insisted he wants to fight for his country.

Like Harry, his choice of the army differs from most of his relatives. His father, heir to the throne Prince Charles, trained to be a pilot with the Royal Air Force and also signed up to the Royal Navy.

William's grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, began his naval career in 1939. The Duke of York was in the navy for 22 years.
October 21st, 2005  
Could RCB deny him entry?!
October 21st, 2005  

even if he gets the worst scores he will pass
October 23rd, 2005  
With both Princes at Sandhurst it makes you wonder if the the Royal Navy has gone out of fashion.
October 23rd, 2005  
Charge 7
I think it reflects Britain's position in the world now. The days of the British Navy guarding her ports across the globe are done. Today it's her land forces guarding their homeland and points overseas from threats abroad. Nothing I need tell you, I'm sure. Just making an observation on the topic.
October 23rd, 2005  
That's cool. I didn't know that.
October 23rd, 2005  
Navy Boy
Me nether.
October 24th, 2005  
well said charge
October 24th, 2005  
Poor old Uncle Edward couldn't hack the marines.
Not sure about Will but Harry is a tough little bugger.
Interesting to see what Reg they both want to end up in.
November 1st, 2005  
Would they be allowed to apply for 22. SAS?