George Thackray awarded the Queen’s Medal

Congratulations to George Thackray (S16), who, on Friday 14th August, was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Top Military, Academic and Practical Scores across the Army Commissioning Course, he is to commission into The Corps of Royal Engineers.

The Queen’s Medal, presented on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is an engraved Gold Medallion issued by the Privy Council.

The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Surrey is where all officers in the British Army are trained to take on the responsibilities of leading the soldiers under their command.

More than 70 per cent of officer cadets are university graduates, but some arrive with A-levels or equivalents. Some are serving soldiers who have been selected for officer training, and some come from overseas, having been chosen by their own country’s army to train at the world famous Academy.

The Commissioning Course for Regular Army officers is 44 weeks long, excluding recess periods. We have three intakes per year, starting in January, May and September. Training at Sandhurst covers military, practical and academic subjects, and while it is mentally and physically demanding, there’s also time set aside for sport and adventurous training.