Prince Harry has long had a deep love for Britain’s military. Showing an interest as a small child climbing into tanks on a visit to the barracks of the Dragoons in Hanover, Germany in 1993 at the age of just eight-years-old. Prince Harry went on to serve 10 years with The Blues and Royals from 2005-2015. During his 10 years in the military, he served two tours in Afghanistan.
Prince Harry opted to join the military instead of going to university, beginning a 44-week training course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on 8 May 2005 as an Officer Cadet. While at Sandhurst Prince Harry was known as Officer Cadet Wales. After completing his training at Sandhurst he was commissioned as an Army Officer on 12 April 2006 and on 13 April 2006 he became a Second Lieutenant, Cornet.
Not long after becoming a commissioned officer Prince Harry joined his regiment on 8 May 2006. Shortly after he reported to Bovington in Dorset to begin the troop leader’s course. There he trained to become an armoured reconnaissance troop leader, learning instruction in signals, driving and maintenance and gunnery. He completed the course in October 2006.
Prince Harry spent 77 days in Helmand, Afghanistan in 2007-2008 as a Cornet, Second Lieutenant and was promoted to Lieutenant on 13 April 2008. On 16 April 2011, he was promoted to Captain. After becoming a Captain he served a 20-week deployment in 2012- 2013 with the Army Air Corps before retiring in June 2015. During his deployment, Prince Harry was responsible for 11 soldiers and four scimitar reconnaissance vehicles.
Prince Harry served in the Blues and Royals 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment, Army Air Corps for the War in Afghanistan, Operation Herrick, service number 564673, and a 20-week deployment in 2012-2013 with the Army Air Corps before retiring in June 2015.
Even after retiring from the military Prince Harry still continues to help his fellow soldiers through his work with Walking with the Wounded and the creation of The Invictus Games.