Prince William to Join Military Academy
10/21/2005 AT 01:00 PM EDT
William gained entry after passing the regular Commissions Board selection, a series of tests that measure the physical, mental and emotional capacities of would-be army officers, Reuters reports.
He will be entering the academy as an officer cadet, but he has made it clear that he expects no preferential treatment – even before it was clear he planned to enlist.
"The last thing I want to be is mollycoddled or wrapped in cotton wool," he said last year. "If I was to join the army, I would want to go where my men went and I would want to do what they did."
While William said he was happy to have passed his entrance exam, he added in a statement: "I am only too well aware, having spoken so much to Harry, that this is just the beginning."
For Harry, who entered Sandhurst first and will hold a senior rank to William, it means the elder brother will have to salute the younger prince.
Earlier this year, William graduated from St. Andrews University in Scotland with a geography degree. He will go to work for banking giant HSBC until he enters the academy next year.