Sandhurst graduate

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A local student, Naomi Selfridge, has graduated from the famous Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to become an officer in the Territorial Army.

Naomi (21), from Muirdrum, took part in a ceremonial parade in front of family and friends to mark her completion of a demanding leadership course which made her live up to the Army’s motto ‘Be the Best’.

Having spent more than a year in training, she spent three weeks on the tough final course at Sandhurst, recognised as one of the best leadership training centres in the world.

She told the Guide & Gazette: “The level of instruction was incredibly high. The instructors have a wealth of experience, and there is a purpose behind each activity, but they all want you to succeed.

“The experience has made me a better person. The Academy is inspiring, and the staff know how to get the best out of you and make you believe in yourself and that you are capable of more than you realised.”

A former pupil at Carnoustie High, Naomi was led to joining the Territorial Army after years of listening to the sound of the guns on exercise at Barry Buddon training centre near her home.

“In a way I’ve been working towards this since I was 16, so passing off the square at Sandhurst today was the pinnacle of my life so far,” she said.

Naomi, who is studying psychology at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh , will become a part time officer in the Intelligence Corps based at Macdonald Road in the capital city.

Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Mackenzie, commanding officer of the Officers’ Training Corps where Naomi did her preparatory training, said: “Naomi has done brilliantly in gaining the Queen’s commission, and I was delighted to watch the parade with her proud family.

“Like thousands of others, she was being drawn to the Army Reserves not just because of the financial rewards and the camaraderie, but because they are keen to develop themselves and be all they can be.”