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Prince Harry is now a fully operational Apache Helicopter Pilot with the Army Air Corps.  in January 2013 he returned from four month tour in Afghanistan.   Read the statement from the Ministry of Defence.

Prior to his deployment, The Prince attained Limited Combat Ready status, and is assigned to 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps within 16 Air Assault Brigade, where he gained wider experience flying Apaches and take part in exercises in the United Kingdom.

He was promoted to the rank of Captain in April 2011, in recognition of time served in the Armed Forces and was also awarded his Apache Badge from the Officer in Command of his Squadron at the same time. The badge marked the completion of an eight-month Apache Conversion to Type Course.

Captain Harry Wales – as he is now known in the Military – visited the United States of America in October 2011 to complete the final elements of the Apache Conversion to Role course where he learnt to operate the aircraft and its weapons systems in a variety of challenging operational scenarios.

Prince Harry qualified as a co-pilot gunner (CPG) in February 2012 and was posted to 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, part of 16 Air Assault Brigade, to gain further flying experience and to operate the aircraft on a number of exercises.

In September 2012, Prince Harry was deployed to Afghanistan, based in Camp Bastion in Helmand province to conduct operational tour as an Apache pilot.

He was working as part of the Joint Aviation Group (JAG) which provides helicopter support to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan forces operating throughout Regional Command (South West) and ended his four month tour in January 2013.

Earlier Military Career

Prince Harry passed his Regular Commissions Board (RCB), the qualification necessary to train at Sandhurst, in September 2004. The RCB enables senior Army assessors to find those best suited for training. The Board is demanding, and consists of a number of tests and tasks designed to assess mental, physical and emotional aptitude.

After completing a period of work experience, Prince Harry entered The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in May 2005 to begin his training as an Officer Cadet. During the 44-week training course in Camberley, Surrey, Prince Harry was known as Officer Cadet Wales. The course is highly demanding and involves both theory and tough physical training.

On 25th January 2006, Clarence House announced that Prince Harry was to join the Blues and Royals.

Following the successful completion of the course, Prince Harry was commissioned as an Army officer on Wednesday, 12th April 2006. The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, took the salute at the Sovereign's Parade at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall also attended the Parade to see Prince Harry's Passing Out, as the commissioning is known. Prince William was also there as an officer cadet.

Prince Harry joined his regiment on 8th May 2006, before reporting to The Armour Centre at Bovington in Dorset to begin the Troop Leaders’ Course, his special-to-arm training to become an armoured reconnaissance troop leader. This second phase of his preparatory training included instruction in signals, driving and maintenance, and gunnery.

On completion of the Troop Leaders’ Course in October 2006, Prince Harry rejoined his regiment in Windsor, and was responsible for a troop of 11 soldiers and four Scimitar reconnaissance vehicles.

In May 2007, the Ministry of Defence made a decision about Prince Harry's deployment to Iraq.

On 28th February 2008 The Ministry of Defence confirmed, after reports appeared on a US website, that Prince Harry had been serving with the British Army in Helmand, Afghanistan for more than two months.

At the time, Clarence House issued the following statement: "Prince Harry is very proud to serve his country on operations alongside his fellow soldiers and to do the job he has been trained for."

On 13th April 2008, Prince Harry was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with The Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals).

In December 2008, Prince Harry passed his Army Air Corps ‘Grading’ and Pilot’s Selection Board interview to begin training to become and Army Air Corps Pilot in January 2009. On successful completion of that Army Pilots Course, Prince Harry was selected to train on the Apache Attack Helicopter. On the same day, it was announced that Prince Harry received his provisional wings from his father, The Prince of Wales, who is Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps (AAC).

Prince Harry is currently a fully operational Apache Helicopter Pilot with the Army Air Corps. In July 2013, Prince Harry qualified as an Apache Aircraft Commander.

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