Olly Britland (OS 2006) has passed out of Sandhurst as Second Lieutenant O. Britland Royal Army Medical Corps following the 168th Sovereign’s Parade at the academy earlier this month.
Olly was joined at the passing out ceremony by his family girlfriend and, after a moving church service, he had the honour of being one of the three cadets who escorted the colours during the Sovereign’s parade, which was presided over by the Duke of Kent.
After a formal lunch, Olly was joined at the commissioning ball by Old Stops Chris Hallworth, Charlie Baker and Richard Cahill (all OS 2006), and officially ceased to be a cadet on the stroke of midnight.
Following his commissioning, Olly is talking part an eight-week course of training with his corps. Once completed, he will take up his duties at Catterick where he will serve as a support officer, commanding a platoon of medical technicians, and is likely to be posted to Afghanistan in March 2013.
Prior to attending Sandhurst, Olly was a member of the Combined Bath and Bristol Officer Training Corps while studying towards a History degree at Bath Spa University.
While at University, he competed in the Mongol Rally, taking on the challenge of driving a 1956 Green Goddess fire engine over 10,000 miles from London to the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator in aid of the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation and Help for Heroes, a story which was covered in the summer 2010 edition of Taking Stock.
On returning, Olly began the nine months of pre-entry procedures required to enter Sandhurst, and joined the academy in May 2011 as a member of 10 Platoon Blenheim Company.