in the army

  sunny staines 15:25 18 Oct 2008

these two are always on leave, how much leave a year do soldiers get

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  The Brigadier 15:36 18 Oct 2008

The difference with the 2 Princes are that they are not just young officers serving in HM Armed Forces, William in the RAF & Harry in the British Army, But also Royal Princes expected to carry our royal duties. This includes undertaking such charity work as this.

Once William starts Search & Rescue (SAR) training there will be little time for this sort of work whilst he commits himself to 6 years in the RAF & SAR work. The training takes at least 1 year plus 5 years commitment to fly after that.

Harry having trained as a FAC (Forward Air Controller) can expect to go aboard again in the next 18 months, then promotion to Captain and command of his own platoon & company.

They are still both young & enjoying their lives away from the media.

  sunny staines 15:46 18 Oct 2008

The Brigadier

thanks for feedback, just thought they got a huge amount of leave compared to 2-4 weeks like the rest of people

  Jak_1 15:58 18 Oct 2008

Members of the Armed Forces get 6 weeks leave a year plus public holidays that do not fall into a leave period. Six weeks may sound a lot but members of the Armed forces do not work a standard working week ie 9-5 Mon to Fri. Quite often, especially at sea, it is a 7 day week and a working day can sometimes be 18 - 20 hours.
Monthly pay is the same no matter how many hours are worked in a particular month and no overtime rates. Also, rarely can they pick and choose just when the want to take their leave.

  WhiteTruckMan 16:16 18 Oct 2008

that promotion prospects for the princes can quite easily be described as 'better than average'


  The Brigadier 17:14 18 Oct 2008

May be so, but if Harry wants to command a regiment later in his career he will want good operational experience & want to have gained the respect of those he commands. Going overseas if only for a short time has got him wanting to do his job & well.

With William it's different, but he seems to have been bitten by the flying bug & will fly operational with in the UK on SAR missions which at times can be dangerous, but fulfilling work.

William is heir to the throne whilst Harry is the spare heir so whilst both may get some time in the Forces, Harry will get more & be able to make a full career out of it whilst William retains more Royal duties as an heir to the throne & future Duchy of Cornwall & Prince of Wales.

  john bunyan 17:54 18 Oct 2008

Whilst I applaud their charity work, I wonder how much the extra security will be (cops on trail bikes etc). These extra costs could be considerable for the two princes to swan round Africa.

  Forum Editor 18:28 18 Oct 2008

are aiming to raise around £250,000 for charity by taking part, and as the profile of anything they're involved with is immediately raised I imagine they'll meet the target easily enough.

In that respect it's a good thing, and if they have fun along the way, so what? One of them is the heir to the throne,and the other is next after his brother - they're never going to live normal lives in any real sense, even in the armed forces.

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