His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II’s graduation from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on Friday, one of the world’s foremost military institutes, marked another major step in his academic and military career.
Crown Prince Al Hussein graduated after undergoing 44 weeks of grueling physical and academic training as part of the Academy’s strict curriculum.
His Majesty King Abdullah graduated from Sandhurst in 1981, while Their Majesties the late King Hussein and the late King Talal each graduated from the RMA in 1952 and 1929, respectively. A number of renowned military leaders and politicians from around the world are also among Sandhurst’s alumni.
The Crown Prince enrolled at Sandhurst after graduating from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, last year, with a bachelor’s degree in international history. His Royal Highness had graduated in 2012 from King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan.
The Crown Prince, alongside fellow officer cadets, participated in the Sovereign’s Parade on Friday, which marked the passing out of the Senior Division at Sandhurst, where King Abdullah represented Queen Elizabeth II as the Reviewing Officer.
The Parade’s segments and military marches showcase the values of discipline, accuracy, and dedication the pinnacles of soldiering.
In interviews with the Jordan News Agency (Petra), instructors and supervisors at the Academy described the training as tough and demanding, noting that it encompasses psychological and physical aspects, and teaches the ability to take decisions under pressure.
The instructors said the Crown Prince had displayed a high sense of discipline, perseverance, adaptability, and self-confidence, noting that His Royal Highness worked diligently and seriously, displaying marked progress throughout his training at the Academy.
His Royal Highness was humble and disciplined during the training, the instructors added, praising the Crown Prince’s leadership skills.
Sandhurst cadets commit to a tough regimen, characterized by severe discipline. Cadets must bull their boots and iron their clothes themselves, while undergoing physically taxing military training within a strict schedule. Their rooms are also routinely inspected.
Around 800 new cadets enroll in the Academy every year over three terms, while 10 per cent of the cadets quit training for a number of reasons, mainly due to injury.
Crown Prince Al Hussein holds the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army and has participated over the past years in several military training courses in the field, in addition to military parachuting, special operations, and helicopter piloting.
Meanwhile, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain has attended the graduation of his son, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Salman Al Khalifa, from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), during a ceremony patronized by HM King Abdulla II of Jordan.
HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed bin Salman Al Khalifa expressed delight at his son’s graduation from the prestigious RMAS academy, wishing him every success in serving the Kingdom of Bahrain.
He praised the long-standing good Bahraini-UK relations in all fields, especially the military and defense ones, lauding the world level and good reputation of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.