Two Royal Bermuda Regiment (RBR) soldiers completed an eight-week programme at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, including Officer Cadet Corrie Cross, who is now the second female RBR soldier to go through the prestigious academy.

The 22-year-old intern architect and OCdt Scott Brown, 36 participated in the passing out parade at Sandhurst on July 17 alongside British Army Reserve soldiers and other overseas troops.

A RBR spokesperson said it is all part of a plan designed to create “a new generation of officers at Warwick Camp”.

OCdt Cross said: “I learned so much about not only leadership but also my ability to push myself and others.

“This amazing opportunity has given me the foundation to develop my leadership skills and tactical awareness.”

OCdt Cross, who has played rugby at international level and signed up as an RBR recruit in February, added: “I’m excited to take this knowledge and use it to help develop and support the Royal Bermuda Regiment.”

OCdt Scott Brown, a graduate in film and television studies, who works at HSBC, said: “The first phase of developing is to realise it’s important – then, through determined adherence to consistently good choices, we construct an unbreakable foundation centered around solid values and standards.”

The passing out parade was watched by Governor Rene Lalgie and the British Armed Forces Minister James Heappey.

“Governor Lalgie, the Commander in Chief of the RBR, said she was on leave in Britain and was delighted to watch the two soldiers pass out from Sandhurst,” the spokesperson added.

“I am proud of the performance of both OCdt Brown and OCdt Cross, who have represented their Regiment and Bermuda with distinction at the top military training establishment in the world,” said Governor Lalgie.

The two cadets will now be commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants when they pass the Defence Promotions Board, built on military skills learned in the RBR at Sandhurst.

Other studies included tactical command of platoons, leadership and management skills, as well as analytical and planning techniques and the rules of engagement.

RBR Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Ben Beasley said Sandhurst was a world leader and recruited the British Army’s best instructors.

“Sending our Officer Cadets to Sandhurst is important because it ensures that they receive world class training and are assessed to the same standard as their UK peers,” he said.

“Soldiers and officers receive continual professional development opportunities as they progress through the ranks.

“This is achieved through career courses, both on-island and overseas, exchanges with affiliated military units and training in soldiers’ own time, supported by the Regiment’s learning credit scheme.

“We are eminently proud of these two soon-to-be officers, not only for what they have achieved, but also because they represent the future of our unit – a future that has the very best of Bermuda in command positions,” he added.

Major Duncan Simons, the RBR careers management officer, noted that the RBR was now 20 percent and that it was important to reflect diversity in the officer corps.

“We draw potential officers from the top ten per cent of our annual intake. To be selected for commissioning, candidates must successfully pass the Regiment’s potential officer selection course,” he added.

“They must be physically robust and demonstrate that they can think, operate and lead under pressure and with minimal rest.”

  • Feature Photos Courtesy of Bombardier Murray Kerr &  OCdt Corrie Cross