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Prince Harry

To leave Armed Forces

16 Mar, 2015

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.