Top Foreign Student at Sandhurst - Iraqi

Goatman

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#1
Thought this might cause the odd collar-stud to burst ( but on reflection only over the water...)

Serve to Lead, Lead to serve.

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Internet: http://www.mod.uk


Date: August 12, 2005 Time: 14:15

IRAQI OFFICER WINS PRESTIGIOUS SANDHURST ACCOLADE

An Iraqi officer cadet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst has beaten more than 20 others to win the prestigious Overseas Sword for best foreign student.

Junior Under Officer Mohammed has excelled in all areas of his intensive officer training since arriving at Sandhurst a year ago.

Today he was honoured for his achievements when he was presented with the award during the annual Sovereigns Parade by His Majesty King Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin of Malaysia, who himself passed out from Sandhurst in 1964.

The Secretary of State for Defence John Reid congratulated Junior Under Officer Mohammed on his outstanding achievement.

He said: "Officer training at Sandhurst rightly has a reputation for being the most demanding and most professional officer training programme in the world, so to pass out is in itself a tremendous achievement.

"However, to win the Overseas Sword is the mark of a really outstanding soldier, and I extend my profound congratulations to him. We wish him all the best and have no doubts he will be an inspiration among his comrades when he returns to duties in the Iraqi Army."

Junior Under Officer Mohammed will now undertake Advanced Infantry Training at the Infantry Battle School in Brecon before returning to take up duties in Iraq.

Notes to Editors

1. Junior Under Officer Mohammed has asked that no further personal details of him or his family be reported by the media, in order to ensure the security of his family. We strongly urge the media to respect his personal wishes. Suitable photos of Junior Officer Mohammed will be issued to the media. No photos which identify him should be taken, broadcast or printed and no additional personal details reported.

2. The Commissioning Course at RMAS provides initial training for all future officers of the regular army except those who rise through the ranks to Warrant Officer and those who join the specialist corps, such as doctors, dentists, vets, nurses, lawyers and padres. Junior Under Officer Mohammed was one of 23 overseas students in his year.

3. The Commissioning Course is 44 weeks long. There are three terms, each of 14 weeks. At the end of Term One cadets go on a one week adventurous training course and following Term Two they participate in an adventurous training expedition. At the end of Term Three cadets are commissioned and leave the Academy to carry out their second phase of training which focuses on that part of the army they will join such as the infantry, artillery, logistics or other technical or general arms.

4. For information on photos from the parade and other details visit the MoD website at www.mod.uk

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Bravo Zulu, that man ! :cool:


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napier

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#2
Although one can't help but wonder if there was a liiiiiiiittle political influence in the choice of best foreign student (or 'keen coon' as they used to be known in the politically incorrect days).

Incidentally I wonder how long he'll last when he gets back to Baghdad brimming with Sandhurst training and ideology. "OK Pte Ali, I want you to run across the road and draw fire so we can identify the firing position, we'll then throw notional smoke grenades and fire and manoeuvre through the enemy position, any questions?"
 
#3
napier said:
Although one can't help but wonder if there was a liiiiiiiittle political influence in the choice of best foreign student (or 'keen coon' as they used to be known in the politically incorrect days).

Incidentally I wonder how long he'll last when he gets back to Baghdad brimming with Sandhurst training and ideology. "OK Pte Ali, I want you to run across the road and draw fire so we can identify the firing position, we'll then throw notional smoke grenades and fire and manoeuvre through the enemy position, any questions?"
After , of course, he has completed a full estimate (whilst under fire form someone other than the Gurkha Demo Coy) using his TAM; which he had to extract from behind his binos and prismatic compass.
 

Goatman

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#4
napier said:
Although one can't help but wonder if there was a liiiiiiiittle political influence in the choice of best foreign student (or 'keen coon' as they used to be known in the politically incorrect days).

Incidentally I wonder how long he'll last when he gets back to Baghdad brimming with Sandhurst training and ideology. "OK Pte Ali, I want you to run across the road and draw fire so we can identify the firing position, we'll then throw notional smoke grenades and fire and manoeuvre through the enemy position, any questions?"
I am quite appalled , Napier, that you should even suggest that the Distaff at RMAS might be 'persuadable' ...I'm sure neither fear nor favour was involved....

( " Ah, officer cadet Bin Sultan isn't it ? A Rolex ? Well, gracious me, what a kind gesture Sir ! ")

Any more than they would pass tales of the trials and tribulations of a member of the Royal household to the gutter press......


...and as for notional grenades if Pte Ali needs any smokes ( or stun grenades as used by the Hereford hooligans for that matter) to throw I'm sure Pains-Schermuly will be delighted to supply them. ;-)

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napier

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#5
Although with the loyalty of much of the Iraqi security forces in doubt, wouldn't it be funny if Mr Muhammed was subsequently found to be running his own little academy for the terrs:

"OK Abdul, tell me what characteristics a good leader must have."

"A love of the Prophet and an unstinting hatred of the infidel sir?"
 
#6
I imagine this young OCdt's development will be watched with interest. Now taking bets on 20 years hence and a big moustache....

Sandhurst - Producing dictators, benevolent and otherwise since 17dot
 
#7
napier said:
Although one can't help but wonder if there was a liiiiiiiittle political influence in the choice of best foreign student (or 'keen coon' as they used to be known in the politically incorrect days).

Incidentally I wonder how long he'll last when he gets back to Baghdad brimming with Sandhurst training and ideology. "OK Pte Ali, I want you to run across the road and draw fire so we can identify the firing position, we'll then throw notional smoke grenades and fire and manoeuvre through the enemy position, any questions?"
Possibly a little political and more than a little cash. When will the "Insert name of Floppy" Hall appear by way of gratitude.
 
#8
napier said:
Although with the loyalty of much of the Iraqi security forces in doubt, wouldn't it be funny if Mr Muhammed was subsequently found to be running his own little academy for the terrs:

"OK Abdul, tell me what characteristics a good leader must have."

"A love of the Prophet and an unstinting hatred of the infidel sir?"
Sounds like a good candidate for Prac Tac.

So Abdul, brierf me on your 2 courses of action.

Sir, COA 1 is an IED attack using mobile phone command detonation. COA 2 is to wire the LSW gunner with a few 152mm shells and get him to drive his Datsun at the CP.

And your choice is?

COA 1 Sir, LSW gunners were never that useful anyway.
 
#11
jonwilly said:
We're just too cynical, course he's the best, got the sword ta prove it.
john
LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

napier

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#12
Of course it was better before we started thinking everyone was equal and giving out swords willy-nilly; the best split arrse got the Sash of Honour and the best floppy got the Cane of Honour (Keen Coon Cane).
 
#13
jonwilly said:
We're just too cynical, course he's the best, got the sword ta prove it.
john
Well strictly speaking he doesn't, at least any longer than it takes to grin and have your photo taken before it's whisked back off you again.
 
#14
I'm sure sooner or later that it will slip out if he was any good or not. No surprise if it was political influence or not, after all that toad reid turned up for the press.
 
B

Biscuits_AB

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#15
They took the sword from him? That doesn't matter. He's got plenty swords back home. Proper big curly b*stards. And guns as well!
 
#16
woopert said:
jonwilly said:
We're just too cynical, course he's the best, got the sword ta prove it.
john
Well strictly speaking he doesn't, at least any longer than it takes to grin and have your photo taken before it's whisked back off you again.
Does he not even get a sword from wilkinson then?
 
#17
Sadly, some of our sandhurst foreign bretheren end up rather dead rather quickly going back to their home nations. We might give them all the training they need, but if their boys aren't up to it....... cue some Sri Lankan and Jamaican cadets who never made it that long back at home.
 
#18
The 18 foreign students who passed out from RMAS were from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belize, Botswana, Egypt, Fiji, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Uganda, UAE, and Yemen.

My Mum was also there on Friday - but only in a spectating capacity :wink:
 
#19
I was there in a stewarding capacity (bloody Lucknow platoon get all the shit jobs). It was good stuff, AcRSM Gaunt got a good cheer when he appeared at the end in his new Captain's get-up.
 
#20
Just to clear up a little misconception, most of the countries quoted above do not pay for sending their future military starlets to Parkhurst. With the exception of the very rich Arab states, i.e. not Jordan, they are sponsored by the Defence Assistance Fund (DAF) which comes from DFiD, MOD and Foreign Office. The number of overseas students' places is limited and the number of UK sponsored places is also limited. Current cost? About £25,000.

If you are interested beyond this, you could look up International Defence Training (Army) on the intranet - it's part of AG. Or perhaps you have a life!
 

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