A NORTH Yorkshire officer cadet has graduated in a pass-off parade at the world renowned military academy, Sandhurst.

Officer Cadet Thomas Appleby, 26, from Thirsk, celebrated his graduation at Sandhurst in front of the Chief of General Staff, Sir Nick Carter on Friday, April 13.

To pass out from Sandhurst, he had to complete 44 weeks of intensive military and academic training, combined with adventurous training and sporting challenges. The parade is a key milestone for every army officer.

As soon as an officer cadet graduates, they gain immediate leadership responsibilities within the British Army.

The officer cadet’s new responsibilities include; leading a platoon of 30 soldiers, managing their skills, workloads and welfare, and potential deployment on peacekeeping missions or deliver humanitarian aid within months of graduating.

Sandhurst trains officers to prepare for leading their platoons in high pressure situations and belong to one of the most respected organisations in the world.

2Lt Appleby, who will be joining the Signals Regiment, said: “Being part of an elite group of people that have graduated as British Army Officers from Sandhurst makes me extremely proud. It’s one of the biggest challenges I have ever undertaken, but also one of the most rewarding.

"I cannot wait to be putting the leadership skills I’ve learned at Sandhurst to good use as part of my new regiment.

“I would recommend an officer career to anyone looking for an exciting job away from the mundane nine to five, wanting to develop unique and lasting bonds of friendship and hoping to belong to a cause that makes a positive difference in the world, especially if you want to move immediately into a leadership or management position.”