Luckey Morson, a Sierra Leonean woman from Freetown has become the first woman to graduate from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in England.

The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) is where all officers in the British Army are trained to take on the responsibility of leading their soldiers.

Officer Cadet Luckey Morson recently completed her 44 weeks of intensive officer training at the world-famous academy and will return home to take up her position in the Sierra Leone Army as a Second Lieutenant.

Morson is one of 43 international cadets from 22 countries chosen by their armies to attend commissioning course No 203, and She landed the opportunity to represent Sierra Leone at Sandhurst through a tough and extended selection procedure. It was over several weeks which eventually came down to Luckey beating off two men to claim top spot and a ticket to the United Kingdom. She put it down to her passionate belief of inspiring other women to join the Army.

Luckey will now return home to take up her position in the Sierra Leone Army with many fond memories of her time spent at Sandhurst. Summing up she said, “I would like to say a very big thank you to the Sierra Leone Armed Forces, the British High Commission and the Royal Military Academy for giving me this opportunity. I will use all I have learnt to inspire people to be better.”

Speaking of her experience over the 44 weeks at Sandhurst Luckey explained that it had surpassed all her expectations, “We have so many different nationalities and cultures here. I have learned to respect everyone’s own opinions and uphold the British Army’s values and standards. They have not only steered me through Sandhurst but will also guide my lifestyle from now on; this has been a transformational year for me.”