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First SL women graduate from army school of ceremonial in UK

18 January 2019 09:31 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The first women from Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka Air Force) will graduate from the Army School of Ceremonial in Catterick, in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, this week.

Every year, military personnel from across the Commonwealth travel all the way to Catterick, in North Yorkshire, to learn the military drill at the Army School of Ceremonial.

Flight Lieutenant Attale and Corporal Amarasena are the first Sri Lankan women to attend the school and they will graduate this week.

"It's a rare chance, so we are really happy," said Flt Lt Attale.

"[Lieutenant Attale and Corporal Amarasena] have done very well," said Colour Sergeant Paul Money, one of the instructors.

Learning how to perform a correct drill is key to British armed forces, but more and more international military representatives visit the training centre each year. 

During their time in Catterick, foreign students learn how to perform the drill and how to teach it, as once they return in their home countries they are expected to give lessons to their own national military divisions. 

Instructors from the Army School of Ceremonial have also travelled to Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan and Hong Kong to spread the British drill across the world.

"It’s because we do it properly," said Colour Sergeant Money when explaining why so many international military representatives visit the Catterick school each year.

The British Army School of Ceremonial is based at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick, which trains all the British Army’s infantry soldiers. (

  Comments - 6

  • Chux Friday, 18 January 2019 09:59 AM

    Good luck madam

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 18 January 2019 11:00 AM

    If countries want to learn how to do criminal acts using the armed forces and then cover it up, we do the training.

    bo Friday, 18 January 2019 01:02 PM

    Obviously an escaped terrorist would say that. We not surprised.

    Pramod Fernando Friday, 18 January 2019 11:17 AM

    Great news. Well done girls. Congrats!

    Sudda Friday, 18 January 2019 04:21 PM

    We are under the British and continue to worship them. Shame on us cannot have our own army school of ceremonial even after 70 years of Independance

    smn Friday, 18 January 2019 07:56 PM


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