Congratulations to Oliver Gash (B13), who, on Friday 9th 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 Royal Tank Regiment.

The Queen’s Medal was presented to him, on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by General Sir James Everard KCB CBE, at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. The Queen’s Medal 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 80 per cent of officer cadets are university graduates, but some arrive with A-levels or equivalents. Others 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, including recess periods. It runs three times a 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 plenty of time set aside for sport and adventurous training.