The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS or RMA Sandhurst), commonly known simply as Sandhurst, is one of several military academies of the United Kingdom and is the British Army's initial officer training centre. It is located in the town of Sandhurst, Berkshire, though its ceremonial entrance is in Camberley, southwest of London. The Academy's stated aim is to be "the national centre of excellence for leadership". All British Army officers, including late-entry officers who were previously Warrant Officers, as well as other men and women from overseas, are trained at The Academy.
The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst was formed on the site of the former Royal Military College (founded in 1801 for the training of officers for arms other than the Royal Artillery and Royal Engineers) in 1947 when it amalgamated with the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich, (founded in 1741 for the training of officers for the Royal Artillery and Royal Engineers).
Following the ending of National Service in the UK and the closing of the Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershotin 1972, the RMAS became the sole establishment for male initial officer training in the British Army, taking over the responsibilities of Mons for training Short Service Officer Cadets, Territorial Army officers, and those joining the Regular Army as graduates. In 1984, the Women's Officer Training College Bagshot was also merged into Sandhurst. In 1992, a new Commissioning Course finally unified the training of male, female, and overseas cadets.
In 2015 Sandhurst appointed Lucy Giles as the first female college commander in its history.
There are two Chapels within the Academy, The Roman Catholic Chapel (Christ the King) and The Royal Memorial Chapel, dedicated as Christ Church, which also contains the South Africa Chapel, which was originally the sanctuaryof the second Chapel before it was enlarged. The original chapel was what is now known as the Indian Army Memorial Room. The Royal Engineers designed the original Chapel, which features red brick, terracotta moulding, interlocking pediment copies and corbelsin 1879. The Chapel was dedicated by King George VI on 2 May 1937, after architect Captain Arthur C. Martin enlarged the building in a Byzantine style. The Memorial stained glass and Windows in the chapel honour the Brigade of Guards, Rifle Brigade, Royal Fusiliers, and the Hampshire Regiment, among other units. Some memorials, including one honouring alumni of the US Military Academy at West Point, are carved into the black marble flooring.
Sandhursts famous Alumni include, Sir Winston Churchill 1874-1965, David Niven 1910-1983, Bernard L Montgomery 1887-1976, and both Prince William and Prince Harry. Source: Wikipedia
This illustrious Military College with its famous Alumni, is the namesake for one of the chapters in the DBE in Colorado. This is quite apt given Colorado has a huge military presence.
Sandhurst Chapter meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 4pm in member’s homes. Members come from Aurora, Denver, Foxfield, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Parker and Westminster areas.
Sandhurst is the only evening chapter in the Denver area, and it is so nice to sit down with a bunch of ‘girls’ and have a chat and a cuppa - without having to explains about things like toast and marmite as everyone remembers this from their childhood. Our chapter has many wonderful bakers and for the past few years we have successfully run the bake table for our Victorian tea, raising hundreds of dollars for charity. We are a great group but slowly getting smaller and so looking for new members to come join our commonwealth family. Christine, Denver, CO
1. Sandhurst Chapter once organized a trip to California for their monthly Chapter meeting!
2. The chapter is known for its fabulous Event parties, scrumptious British treats, and wonderful decorations.
3. They are one of the oldest Chapters in CO.