Prince Harry to return to Afghanistan to train as helicopter pilot

December 12th, 2008 - 5:26 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Dec 12 (ANI): Prince Harry will return to front line in Afghanistan to become an Army Air Corps helicopter pilot after passing the unit’’s selection process.

The Royal has passed a four-week selection process and will begin his pilot training next month, following in the footsteps of the Duke of York who flew helicopters in the Royal Navy in the Falklands War.

The Duke, who is Harry’’s godfather, was one of the main reasons behind his decision to volunteer for training as a helicopter pilot in the Army.

The 24-year-old Royal is the first member of the Royal family to serve on a military front line since the Falklands in 1982

And now Lieutenant Wales, as he is known in the Army, has been told that he will be able to go back to Afghanistan with his unit.

Belonging to the Royal family is a big danger for Harry to serve in the army as a soldier on the ground, as he is feared to act as a magnet for bombs putting the lives of those around him at an increased risk. He would also be at risk of kidnap.

However, life as an airborne soldier, while still extremely dangerous, will not cause much of a trouble for his fellow troops.

“If Prince Harry qualifies as an Army Air Corps pilot, he will, like any officer, be available for operational service wherever the AAC flies, The Telegraph quoted a Clarence House spokesman as saying.

“If his unit goes to Afghanistan Prince Harry will go with them. No doubt about it, said a source.

Afghanistan is a regular tour of duty for the AAC and Prince Harry will do his pilot training at Middle Wallop in Hampshire. (ANI)

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