DID PRINCE ANDREW PASS THE COMMANDO GREEN BERET COURSE ?

#1
I recently met him in uniform and noticed he had the dagger. If he passed the course then respect is due, it is not easy.

Did he REALLY pass the Dagger course ? Seems to have changed - he looks like a golf course is the only one he mow attends.
 
#2
Yes he did, at Lympstone in 1980
The following from the Biography Channel

Rather than attend university as did his older brother Prince Charles, Andrew opted to attend Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth. After pilot aptitude testing at the Royal Naval College Flight, Andrew joined as a trainee helicopter pilot in May 1979. He entered Dartmouth in September of that year and the following year trained with the Royal Marines as a Green Beret at the Commando Training Centre, Lympstone. After graduating Dartmouth Andrew undertook flying training with the Royal Air Force and then learned to fly the Gazelle helicopter with the Royal Navy at Culdrose, Cornwall. He then learned to fly the Sea King helicopter and in 1982, joined the 820th Naval Air Squadron aboard the HMS Invincible aircraft carrier.

Wouldn't think this guy would need to walt it.
 
#3
He had a bit of trouble getting his clubs through the water tunnel on the Endurance Course IIRC. :wink:
I actually saluted him on the day he was presented his Green Lid, I still bask in the glory. :lol: 8O
 
#5
No he didn't

Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth's youngest son and fifth in line to the British throne, quit the Royal Marines today, breaking a century-old tradition of princes serving tours of duty in the armed forces.

In a brief statement that ended days of speculation, Buckingham Palace said: ''Prince Edward has decided to resign from the Marines. Edward leaves the Marines with great regret but has concluded that he does not wish to make the service his long-term career.''

The 22-year-old Prince started the yearlong Royal Marine officers training course four months ago. After reports last week that he was reconsidering his marine commitment, there were many remarks in the popular press that Prince Edward was not physically tough enough for the mud-caked treks in full gear and other endurance tests of marine training. These charges were denied by Prince Edward's marine commanders, but they expressed disappointment at his decision.

Prince Edward's father, Prince Philip, and one brother, Prince Andrew, reportedly urged him to at least finish his one-year training tour.



http://www.nytimes.com/1987/01/13/world/prince-edward-quits-the-royal-marines.html
 
#10
Bugger :oops: :oops:

Anyone can make a mistake. Even me.

Well, did Prince Andrew ever pass The Course then?

Bastad cider. :oops: :oops:
 
#12
duffdike said:
Don't mention Williams pilot's wing either.
In fairness, he is being brought up to speed now and will be operational in a 6 ton, kerosene-guzzling canary if all goes to plan.
 
#13
exbleep said:
Yes he did, at Lympstone in 1980
The following from the Biography Channel

Rather than attend university as did his older brother Prince Charles, Andrew opted to attend Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth. After pilot aptitude testing at the Royal Naval College Flight, Andrew joined as a trainee helicopter pilot in May 1979. He entered Dartmouth in September of that year and the following year trained with the Royal Marines as a Green Beret at the Commando Training Centre, Lympstone. After graduating Dartmouth Andrew undertook flying training with the Royal Air Force and then learned to fly the Gazelle helicopter with the Royal Navy at Culdrose, Cornwall. He then learned to fly the Sea King helicopter and in 1982, joined the 820th Naval Air Squadron aboard the HMS Invincible aircraft carrier.

Wouldn't think this guy would need to walt it.
I believe he also got to play "Yoo Hoo. Exocet. Here I am! I'm a ship" in the FI.
 
#14
Steady Eddie:

"Proof that you can turn a frog into a Prince, but you can't turn a Prince into a Royal Marine"

Bless 'im...
 
#15
Canader said:
Steady Eddie:

"Proof that you can turn a frog into a Prince, but you can't turn a Prince into a Royal Marine"

Bless 'im...
I do wonder how many people would have the nerve to tell Phil they didn't feel like completing the course ... it's bad enough if you have the wrong kind of beard.
 
#16
Get a grip, its a bit of phys a bit of getting cold etc.... its not a fecking olympic gold medal, its well within the capabilities of most heterotigers :)
 
#17
thegimp said:
Get a grip, its a bit of phys a bit of getting cold etc.... its not a fecking olympic gold medal, its well within the capabilities of most heterotigers :)
The Battenberg family should have fielded their best candidate then: Princess Anne.
 
#18
Canader said:
thegimp said:
Get a grip, its a bit of phys a bit of getting cold etc.... its not a fecking olympic gold medal, its well within the capabilities of most heterotigers :)
The Battenberg family should have fielded their best candidate then: Princess Anne.
Fair one, though the post ex showering may have been a bit scary
 
#19
thegimp said:
Get a grip, its a bit of phys a bit of getting cold etc.... its not a fecking olympic gold medal, its well within the capabilities of most heterotigers :)
So you have a Green Lid then?
 
#20
Andrew passed in 1980 by doing all of the tests inside 10 days. He was awarded his green lid as a result.

Edward joined the RM as a YO in 1983/84 i think but he decided it just wasn't for him. Apparantly one of the training sergeants took a liking to his theatrical airs and spent the rest of the course threatening to kiss him. Another story published at the time was that he was always getting bollocked for the state of his kit snd because he was Royalty he was constantly hurtfully teased. Poor boy, I hope he has managed to put it all behind him and is now a fimly balanced individual without having to shack up with some money grabbing tart who is more interested in their own media presence than riding and shooting.
 

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