THE JOURNEY OF PRINCE HARRY AS A ROYAL CADET

New Colours are presented to RMAS (Royal Milit...

New Colours are presented to RMAS (Royal Military Academy Sandhurst). Officer Cadet Wales (Prince Harry of Wales – rightmost of the cadets, visible between the Chief of the Defence Staff and the horse) and his intake of Juniors are inspected by the then Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Michael Walker GCB, CMG, CBE, later Baron Walker of Aldringham (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Arriving at Sandhurst Harry felt that all around him a new world was taking shape. When he timidly entered the gate of RMA Sandhurst it seemed to him he was living out a dream to which his principles were opposed. He had to spend here 44 weeks.

He felt that his new status as a junior cadet would bring him new experiences and challenges. Little by little, in the first days of his military career, Harry gets acquainted with the strict hierarchy of the military, military ranks and positions, military language and terminology, the forms of address laid down by regulation. The schedule includes a period of adjustment to the life of a cadet, characterized by many individual duties which are not easy. For some, this period passes quickly, for others, it seems long.

    During the five weeks of drills ( named “weeks of the inferno”) Harry learned many things. This was important for him. Training fortifies the spirit and exerts a good influence on any soldier. Training and life in the military develop the mind, cultivate emotions and responses, strengthen the will, mould the character and shape the temperament. Last but not least, they develop respect for values and symbols which Harry up to this point hadn’t fully appreciated.

During the Second Term’s classes, Harry began to get the feeling of what it was to be a cadet and he trained as much as he could in order to cope with it. His interest in military life sharpened his mind and developed his competitive spirit.     The quality of an officer is acquired not only as a result of the training in the Shooting Range and in the Exercise Field, but also as a result of his classroom education. Here in the classroom, Harry understood that military life, with its specific demands, requires certain fundamental changes in the attitude and behavior of each cadet.

During the Third Term the educational background obliges him to display integrity, to make quick decisions and be fair. He has to assume responsibility for his actions. He has to demonstrate moral courage in all circumstances and inspire and drive his soldiers to attain their goals. He must respect and defend their honor and dignity and set an example as regards physical strength and endurance. If he can combine all of this, he can consider himself competent and he deserves respect. Otherwise, he will be a pale shadow of a genuine commander. He will fail at the first test whether that be in the garrison, or on the battlefield.

The second part of the book tells about the Expedition to Cyprus which is going to be such an adventure!     This test is going to discover whether all of them have completed the metamorphosis that turns them into professional soldier.

    Then, the moments of graduation and the Passing Out ceremony come.

         Here, the journey ends.

                                                                                     Vasile Michael

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THINKING ABOUT MY SANDHURST COMMANDER

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Being a captain now, Prince Harry often remembers his master from Sandhurst Academy: “I often remember Major D., our company commander. I could go on for hours telling you about his exploits in Kuwait, but I’d feel embarrassed for him. I know that Major D would say that he wasn’t really brave; it was just that he was completely devoted to his military career.
Probably of all the company commanders at RMA Sandhurst, Major D. has reached the state we all strive after. Major D. is at the point we’re heading for!

It’s the point I wanted to reach ever since the day I entered the gates of RMA Sandhurst. He has the right answer for any question he’s asked. His knowledge of military affairs is impressive. He’s a truly accomplished soldier. When you talk about him the word “duty” loses any pomposity. You feel you would really love to do your duty as Major D. does!
When I think of him, I remember all my small sacrifices, delays, hesitations, negligence, or laziness. This is not a sign of virtue, but as a sign of honest acknowledgement of my faults. I’d like to be very much like him! A beautiful tree has deep roots. Major D’s character is like that beautiful tree.

He lives and breathes military life. Discipline and competence come to him in such a natural way. They jokingly say about him that “even in his sleep he’s standing
to attention”. He’s imbued with discipline like a practicing believer is imbued with his creed.

In the time spent with him, I realized that he constantly strives for a certain state that has to be preserved and which is its own rationale. This is the source of the principles he has instilled in generations of cadets that go through the Academy! His credo is: build and build things that last! He’s the one who really does that and he really has a lot to give.

He has a real connection with all the cadets he trains. That’s why I love Major D., although I never feel the need to tell him so. I know that once we are officers, all the former cadets of the Alamein Company will try to follow Major D.’s example. We’ll be cut from the same cloth. We all hope one day to become like him. I hope I’ll be the same as Major D. I’ll have the same attitude to my country.

I’ve finally learned the secret of the mutual respect for one another held by all those who wear the military uniform. We’re part of the same sacrifice in war. I understand why Major D. does his duty without boasting. Major D. is like me, a part of this people. They respect him, and he, by virtue of everything he does, deserves their respect.

Now that I’ve understood this, I’ve also made my decision. I’ll go overseas and I’ll be one of those who engage in the thick of the fight. My deeds will make people proud of me. I won’t be looking for any reward! I’ll be one of those young men, dressed in uniform, and serving their country”

Vasile Michael

THE MIRACULOUS MOMENT OF GRADUATION

Prince Harry has graduated from Sandhurst as an Army officer. The 21-year-old is to join the Household Cavalry’s Blues and Royals
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When a young man enters the gate of the Sandhurst Academy he is just a teenager, and after a long series of experiences he becomes a man. Then, after a long waiting, it comes the Graduation Day. Here, in Sandhurst this means a special military ceremony named: ”Passing Out”.

Suddenly, all the cadets become happy.  They’ll say goodbye to classes and to their studies, to the books that have guided their steps in the miraculous realms of knowledge. They’ll part with the youthful enthusiasm for all interesting activities and their great dreams. They’re graduates and they’re officers of the British Royal Army!

Graduates!

They’re like enthusiastic sailors on the vast ocean of knowledge and achievement. Quite soon they’ll weigh anchor for the first time after 44 weeks of sailing. It won’t be too long before they reach the destiny of their dreams. It’s the end of an important period in their development. The sailor in the lookout has shouted “Land ahoy!”

His shout is full of his joy at the accomplishment of his mission as a sailor but also his regret at parting with the salty tang of the sea air. But in the end their objective is to conquer that land in the distance.

Now, on graduation, they remember many of the moments they’ve live through here – for instance, the entry exam, which wasn’t easy and the first day as a cadet. Then there was their first parade, their first class and their first hours of training. Later came their first day handling a weapon and the first prize as cadets in a sport competitions. One whole year has passed in the Academy. They entered as ordinary civilians and now they leave as commissioned officers, proud of the military uniform.

For a member of British Royal Family, the military career seems a simple choice, but it hides a certain responsibility towards his own sense of identity. Harry could have chosen a smoother and more comfortable path for his training. But he was attracted from the beginning by the prospect of having a clear purpose in life, even if it was one that was hard to achieve. At first, because of his rebellious spirit, he only had a blurred image of how things could be in the Army, but later on, he began to see things very clearly.

If someone wants to give a definition to the cadet at RMA Sandhurst, he has to include hundreds of years of tradition and thousands of characters of all varieties converted to the simple reality of military life. It involves thousands of hours of hard work, of study and training. It’s a long road crowned by the satisfaction of success. For the cadets here today in the parade, the Academy means history. It’s so great to know that a part of your personal history is now part of the history of Sandhurst Academy.

On the event of “Passing Out”, they’re getting ready for the last exercise here: the Sovereign’s Parade. Then they’ll make for the big exit gate and will step into the future. But they’re still dependent on the past! Their actions will follow them!

Prince Harry was full of emotion at first. Here, in this Military Academy he learned to feel great pride during participation in the military parades. That was his last participation in such a parade, being a royal cadet. Then he had a shadow of sadness in his eyes. Even he experienced the happiness of being a Graduate, I imagine him saying: “So, fare-well Sandhurst! I’ll come back to you as to my first and best love!”

THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF MILITARY ACADEMY

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At RMA Sandhurst Prince Harry learned to carry out orders, no matter how absurd they might seem and to go on exhausting long training marches, with 60 pounds of fatigues on his back. He learned what it takes to survive on the battlefield so that one could become victorious. And above all, he learned to put a little love in everything he does. To base your love on the deeds you make for the benefit of your people. To behave like a man and to give your love to the people.

The personality of the Prince, seen from the outside, should be completed by the imagined construction of his inner personality, which the book The Cadet Life of Prince Harry is attempting to do. The two perspectives are complementary. His smile, his friendly voice, and the brightness of his eyes  can be very helpful in this respect.

As for Harry, this period full of physical and intellectual effort at RMA Sandhurst made him understand the value of life as a cadet, the richness of the passing moment, the significance of every transitory minute. These months of military life and military knowledge have proved to be enough for a lifetime.

Therefore, Prince Harry is an extraordinary being. He is, at the same time, unitary and multilateral, linear and very often unpredictable. Concurrently answering the calls of his inner needs and of the outside world, he blends love for himself with sacrifice.

The man Harry wants to know, wants to know himself, always restless, never content.  He lives inside himself, but also for spreading outside. He wants to discover his calling and wants to accomplish it at planetary level. What defines him is particularly the inner power through which he can raise above the material world. It is the leap towards freedom and fantasy. It is the change, escape from  the arbitrary and the monotonous, from a dull existence, controlled by imposed limitations.

It is the call of adventure, that is the ability to advance beyond individual limits.  It is the sacrifice of the own being, in order to achieve a dream. For him, human value means escape from constraints, love and sacrifice. This is a total paradox:  his destiny  buried in his inner being  also includes the chance of  his own transformation.

From now on , his human destiny will appear  in a new light. In this destiny we see the unique way in which a man surrenders to the things around him, but also his dissolution into  the endless forms of possibility. His ability to stop in time to change the world. We know the secret vibration of life that  a man can perceive  in the moment of revelation  when he meets himself. This is the destiny of a member of the British Royal Family : Prince Harry!

Prince Harry’s Present Military Life – Facing The Enemy

The Cadet Life of Prince Harry (published by AuthorHouse), presents an intriguing light on the 44 weeks Prince Harry trained at RMA Sandhurst. The purpose of this book is to provide an overview of Prince Harry’s adventures as a cadet, but It also presents the normal actions that will follow after graduation.

Prince Harry’s admittance to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst has changed the rhythm of his life. The Prince, who had previously lived his own life, now has access to the universe and to spiritual life. Before Sandhurst he lived in isolation. Now he has a multiple existence. He used to live separated from the others, now he identifies himself with the others. His life used to be monotonous, now he experiences diversity of war.

We look at him and understand how much color and intensity exists in his present military life! Being part of an orderly life in Afghanistan, alongside his friends and colleagues! The hours of military training, the ones spent in the overseas battlefield make him have access to a polyphonic life, simultaneously embracing  various levels of reality that the expansion of his spirit allows.

The pleasure of taking part in the interesting actions! It’s like watching an exciting movie, when you identify with its heroes and you experience their feelings, their joys and sorrows. It’s all a matter of the flight of the mind, of creating subjective undertones, of protracting the events to give them density and relief. In this way, time goes faster.

Prince Harry feels he has been here since the beginning of time. The strict garrison schedule has become his second nature. The military uniform is his most natural dress. He accepts all those who surround him as part of his life.  Among them he feels at ease, safe and peaceful. Even the enemy is a little friendly. They are all part of a big family: The family of the soldiers fighting overseas!

After ten or fifteen years, memories start to lose their substance. And he will ask  himself: “Did I really go through it? Was I really there?” And he will see himself mixed in those events he would definitely doubt it. Here he is now, facing pale, blurred memories of his own life before coming in the battlefield of Afghanistan. Without apparently heeding the way in which he is perceived by the world, he continues his journey through life, heading for the final target which destiny has in store for him. And we transmit him our thoughts and sympathy!

Now all of us understand: Prince Harry was born to be a brave warrior!

FASCINATION WITH THE ROYAL FAMILY- WHERE DID IT COME FROM?

What you see on TV or the Internet when watching the news about a Royal Family looking from the outside, is one thing. My book “The Cadet Life of Prince Harry”, attempts also to give the reader an insight into their internal world. Meeting a member of a royal family we say: “nobody is more fortunate than him!” The rest of us, follow him, trying to figure out his destiny.

In order to defend his rich and honest personality, everyone of them has to work hard, and he will encourage other young people to follow in his footsteps. The affection we hold for them, mirrors the affection we feel for one another. Their heartbeat finds an echo in our hearts.

Every member of the British Royal Family has a rounded personality and can make the necessary connections between his own experience and world events. To the rest of us, he has a certain symbolic importance. At the same time, what he has to say is not in some secret code, but is clear and easily understandable.  In everything he does, he demonstrates his exceptional qualities. Like each of us he is responsible for who he becomes, and for his actions, and he is very aware of this.

His destiny is to operate on the World stage and help people everywhere enjoy the values that have always been dear to our hearts.  These are values which today are universally accepted.  We will gather the fruits of this work in the decades to come. We, who know him, suspect that his fame will live on from age to age to all eternity!

And now, dear reader, please picture Prince Harry in your mind’s eye.  He’s a young man of athletic built, dressed in an elegant suit, who looks at us with a cool perceptive glance and a charming smile. Several episodes from his life are told in this book, and it is a beautiful story.  By the end I guarantee you will find him a fascinating personality. Wherever he is, he enlivens the atmosphere, and wears his royalty with an easy grace. His companions are nevertheless aware that in his company we’re in the presence of history in the making.

A meeting with Prince Harry must be a very significant event.  The moment expands into eternity and eternity is concentrated in that self same moment.  Suddenly, you feel your former limitations vanishing and you’re ready to reach for the stars! When you look into his smiling young face, bright with confidence, you have a new, fresh, vision of the possibilities of the world that surrounds you. Moments spent in the presence of Prince Harry are unforgettable. You regain the freshness of your perception of the world and yet feel the benefit of eons of human experience.

But this is something we can say about each and every member of the British family. I’m  going to carve out a very special role for himself in the history of Great Britain.  We will hear great things of him in the future!

Those who have known him say that the Prince is singled out for great things. He has an original way of thinking that casts a new light on matters under discussion. You are aware that this is a man with a rich inner life. In spite of that the fascination that his presence engenders, he behaves extremely naturally.  He transmits to those around him a sense of energy.

In getting to know him, we also feel that we are reaching a closer understanding of ourselves. For us Prince Harry is an outstanding personality who is forging a new language to describe universal reality. We agree that his deeds reflect something of the brave deeds of illustrious men throughout history,The British Royal Family and of other Royal Families.  In every Prince there’s a dreamer and each has an intuitive love for their world and their own inner life of the spirit.

For me, researching and writing this book has been a real pleasure.  I sink into the task as into the enveloping warmth of a spring night.  Setting down my pen at the end of the evening, I realize that all the strains of life and the worries of tomorrow have slipped from my shoulders. I have the feeling that I’m going to rewrite the history.

A Day in the Life of a Royal Cadet

“The Cadet Life of Prince Harry” is an extraordinary story of effort, adjustment, courage and love that underscores the transformative power of military education. By reading it, you understand the happiness of trying to become immortal through what you do. At the end you will realize that the cadet life is a manly road full of hardships, of physical and intellectual efforts, that form you as a man.

There is one chance out of a hundred to get into RMA Sandhurst. Your road has led you here. You are going to learn the job of handling the weapons. You are going to dress the military uniform and you are going to do what you have to do. In fact, that’s what others expect of you! It is time we advanced on in our military career! Become officer cadets and so on.

Every day of a royal cadet is a different one. I know that usually, a cadet is not afraid of facing life. A cadet is anxious to prove himself. The excitement, the dangers, the difficulties of ling marches, carrying tens of pounds of equipment on his back, the problems of a complex life of a man does not intimidate a cadet. But, after ten hours of effort, a tired, but satisfied cadet, is eager to face the new obstacles life at RMA Sandhurst implies.

Prince Harry

New Colours are presented to RMAS. Officer Cadet Wales (Prince Harry) and his intake juniors are inspected.
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The purpose of drills is not related to cultivating his intelligence, but rather to cultivating his spirit. Spirit is sometimes mistaken for the conservation instinct. But they, the ones who are now in Sandhurst, know for sure that a day is going to come that each piece of knowledge, each skill they learned will produce results. This is in fact the goal of this period in the life of a junior cadet. His step becomes steadier, his look is firmer!

Then after a long period of drills, another one arrives: the classes.  The classes, lectures in the theory of tactics, with evaluations at the end of each week enable you to acquire knowledge. Actually small steps in a cadet’s own transformation. They do not mean defeat if they are not perfectly prepared for an exam. But that is not a reason for self inflation either, they hope to one day impresses their instructors with their excellent answers.

A royal cadet compares the classes with a kind of ceremony. Each class has a special significance, and the way in which the participants manifest themselves has something of a ceremony. After each break, the cadets head for the lecture theaters. Some of them talk loudly, others silently check their papers and pens. When the instructor gets in, they stand up at the order. Then the instructor invites them to be seated. He usually starts with a joke or at least a remark that makes them smile.

And as the days go by, the courses become more and more interesting. There are also days in which the courses are followed by drills, and after many hours at the desk, action is welcome. Class by class, the amount of knowledge gets bigger and bigger and the cadets become easier to handle.

You can imagine Prince Harry among the royal cadets. He is hard-working. He tries to assimilate all the knowledge in his teachers’ lectures. He no longer feels insecure, he no longer spends his days in daydreaming. His feelings start to unfold. He becomes more friendly with his colleagues, and more confident. Time is beginning to shape the real character which inhabits the being of Prince Harry. A character towards who he goes with open arms. Every moment of self-discovery gives him a feeling of accomplishment.