YEAR 13 SAM Pickett is about to see his dreams become a reality after gaining a coveted scholarship to the prestigious army academy at Sandhurst.
Sixth former Sam (18), is one of just a handful of applicants from across the country to successfully complete an arduous three-day selection process guaranteeing him a place at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, after finishing university.
The committed teenager showed dedication, professionalism and courage as he faced a series of tests, including physical and mental agility, reasoning and problem solving.
The scholarship means Sam will now be funded throughout his final year of sixth form and also during university. After finishing his degree he will automatically start a 48 week commissioning course at Sandhurst – on completion of which he will become a 2nd Lieutenant and then be allocated a unit.
Said Sam: “The terms of the scholarship mean I must stay in the army for at least three years after leaving Sandhurst. I guess a lot of my future is mapped out for me, but that’s great. I’ve always hoped I could become an army officer and now that dream’s being realised.”