After ten years of service, Prince Harry will be leaving the Army in June, Kensington Palace has confirmed on March 17.
Prince Harry said moving on from the Army has been a really tough decision. For the last leg of his service, he will be posted with the Australian Defense Force in April and May. He will then return to the Ministry of Defence’s Recovery Capability Programme as a volunteer before officially leaving in June.
A Really Tough Decision
For Prince Harry, leaving the Army has been a really tough decision.
“After a decade of service, moving on from the Army has been a really tough decision. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the chance to do some very challenging jobs and have met many fantastic people in the process. From learning the hard way to stay onside with my Colour Sergeant at Sandhurst, to the incredible people I served with during two tours in Afghanistan – the experiences I have had over the last 10 years will stay with me for the rest of my life. For that I will always be hugely grateful,” Prince Harry said in an open statement, as reported by The Telegraph.
“Inevitably most good things come to an end and I am at a crossroads in my military career. Luckily for me, I will continue to wear the uniform and mix with fellow servicemen and women for the rest of my life,” Prince Harry continued.
“I am considering the options for the future and I am really excited about the possibilities… so while I am finishing one part of my life, I am getting straight into a new chapter. I am really looking forward to it.”
The Australian Defence Force
Prince Harry will be posted to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for the months April and May.
According to Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, the ADF is prepared to welcome the Prince, or Captain Wales as they called him, within the British troops. The department has prepared a challenging program that will allow Prince Harry to experience both the urban, field and Indigenous life in Australia. This will also provide him with an opportunity to gain greater insight into their Army’s domestic operating environment and capabilities, Binskin said in a statement.
“The British and Australian armies have a shared military history as well as a long and enduring association. Secondments, exchanges, bilateral training and professional development opportunities between our two armies are routine practice. Captain Wales’ embed with the Australian Army is an extension of his regular British Army duties. It will build on his previous experience with coalition forces along with his advocacy work with wounded, injured and ill service personnel,” Binskin said.