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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!”

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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!