Top Foreign Student at Sandhurst - Iraqi

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  1. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

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

    Serve to Lead, Lead to serve.


    Date: August 12, 2005 Time: 14:15


    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


    Bravo Zulu, that man ! :cool:

    Le Chevre
  2. napier

    napier LE Moderator Reviewer

    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. 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.
  4. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    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. ;-)

    Le Chevre
  5. napier

    napier LE Moderator Reviewer

    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. Possibly a little political and more than a little cash. When will the "Insert name of Floppy" Hall appear by way of gratitude.
  8. 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.
  9. Sounds like the first female Sword of Honour winner ploy from the nineties....
  10. We're just too cynical, course he's the best, got the sword ta prove it.

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
  12. napier

    napier LE Moderator Reviewer

    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. 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.
  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!