A Prince and a Soldier October 22, 2007Posted by grhomeboy in Army Life, The Royals.
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Prince Harry in Cyprus for tough military training
LIMASSOL – Britain’s Prince Harry, along with 200 other army cadets, is being battle-trained in Cyprusprus before earning his pips as a British officer, military sources said Saturday. Harry, 21, is taking part in field exercise “Spring Victory” the final test in soldiering that cadets must undertake, after which they are assessed on their year of hard work before passing out from Sandhurst Royal Military Academy.
The third in line to the thrown is expected to pass with flying colours and become a second lieutenant in the Household Cavalry after his final parade at Sandhurst next month. The two-week Cyprus exercise is a testing examination of stamina and being able to make the right decisions under fire.
“This is a tough exercise which tries to recreate normal battle conditions. Cadets are burning up to 5,000 calories a day, sleeping three to four hours a day on average and they are put under very stressful condition,” a military source told AFP.
There will be some time for relaxation but Harry can expect to trek up to 10 kilometres (six miles) a day in rugged terrain while living out of a tent, eating field rations and having only rudimentary washing facilities on hand. Moreover, Harry has carried out mock beach assaults, helicopter airlifts and dodged explosions.
“They are all very tired but this is what happens in combat,” said the source. The army is also keen to point out that the prince is being treated like an “ordinary grunt”. ”He’s doing very well and cracking on with it like everyone else. He is not treated any different and nobody would want it any other way,” said another army insider. He is going through exactly the same process and pain and the only thing different is that he’s not called by his surname,” he added.
On his uniform and helmet, Harry is tagged as ‘officer cadet Wales’. He is doing the course on the British sovereign base of Episkopi on the southeast of the Mediterranean island where there is a large British garrison.
The son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana has been on Cyprus for a week and his training is scheduled to last until March 31. He was last on the island in December to complete a Sandhurst-approved adventure course. That time he flew in from Heathrow under an assumed name on budget Cypriot airliner Helios.
He was in full view of most people on board as there are no first class seats on the no-frills plane operated by Helios, which remains at the centre of controversy over the crash of one of its planes outside Athens last August that killed all 121 people on board.
Harry the action hero
Britain’s Prince Harry has filmed an action-packed video about his tough army training. Camera crews filmed the young royal on a recent beach landing in Cyprus – where he is currently stationed. Clarence House plan to release the tape after 21-year-old Harry graduates from Sandhurst Military Academy next month. The video shows the prince landing on a beach on the Greek island, amid explosions and gunfire.
A source is quoted in Britain’s News Of The World newspaper as saying: ‘It was just like the opening to ‘Saving Private Ryan’. And Harry did very well. No flinching, no stupid heroics. Very professional.’
The prince, along with 200 other army cadets, is being battle-trained in Cyprus before becoming a British officer. He is taking part in field exercise ‘Spring Victory’ – the final test in soldiering that cadets must undertake, before passing out from Sandhurst.
Meanwhile Prince William’s girlfriend, Kate Middleton, has been invited to join the royal family at Harry’s passing out parade next month. It will be her highest-profile royal event yet. A family friend is quoted as saying: ‘Kate’s nervous but thrilled to have been asked.’ Harry’s long-term girlfriend Chelsy Davy has not been invited.
Prince Harry completing Cyprus training
PRINCE Harry is currently completing his final military exercise in Cyprus, along with over 200 other cadets, before earning his pips as a British Officer next month, a British Bases spokesman said yesterday.
Harry, 21, is taking part in field exercise ‘Spring Victory’, the final test cadets must take in soldiering, after which they are assessed on their year of hard work before passing out from Sandhurst Royal Military Academy. The exercise is taking place across the Sovereign British Bases.
According to Captain Crispin Coates, Spokesman for the British Bases, this is an infantry based exercise, based on different scenarios, where they must obey a number of international constraints. “This is their final exercise, before they are commissioned next month into the army as Officers. So it is very significant,” said Captain Coates yesterday.