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16 Mar, 2015

To leave Armed Forces

Harry announces he is leaving the Armed Forces in June after 10 years of service. In April and May, he will serve four weeks with the Australian Defence Force at Army Barracks in Darwin, Perth and Sydney and then in June he will go to Africa for volunteer work focused on learning how local communities in sub-Saharan Africa are working to protect and conserve their natural resources and wildlife. He says he will continue to wear his uniform and “mix with fellow servicemen and women” for the rest of his life.

Inevitably most good things come to an end and I am at a crossroads in my military career. 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…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.

27 Feb, 2015

Plans to quit Army

Harry reportedly plans to leave the army this year to focus on his charity work in Africa. Senior source:

The Prince thought long and hard about his decision to leave active military service but, having served his country on two tours of duty, he felt the time was right to leave. He has loved his time serving. Officials are still working on the precise timings but he will leave the military this year after serving Down Under. Before that he will travel to both countries and be based there and is very much looking forward to that. The exact timings have not been finalised yet, but are expected to be announced officially very soon.


Discharged from Coast Guard

Bergdahl is discharged from the Coastguard just 26 days after enlisting. Coast Guard records indicate that Bergdahl received an “uncharacterized discharge” due to psychological issues. At the time of the discharge, Bergdahl is in boot camp in Cape May, New Jersey. In a June, 2014 interview with the Washington Post, Bergdahl’s close friend Kim Harrison says  she believes that the circumstances of the discharge were psychological issues, which should have disqualified him for acceptance into the Army in 2008. Bergdahl says he “faked” his problems in order to be released.