Prince Harry hopes to join the army in January 2005, the office of his father, Prince Charles, announced Monday.
Harry, 19, will make the move into the celebrated Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst if he passes his Regular Commissions Board exams, preparatory work for which begins early next month when he returns from his traveling and working break in Africa. The exams take place later this year.
In September, the next stage of Harry’s “gap period” – a stretched-out break between college and career – will see the prince volunteering to coach youngsters around Britain in his beloved game of rugby, accompanied by officials from the Rugby Football Union governing body. This July and August, Harry is scheduled to undergo coaching and refereeing courses.
As community rugby director Terry Burwell tells PEOPLE, Harry’s “work in Africa showed how well he relates to young people of his age and other ages, and he has a great passion for rugby football. When you bring those things together, we hope he will have an enjoyable time with us while also introducing the sport to more people.”
But the young prince’s busy future plans do not end there.
Later this summer, Harry will also follow his older brother Prince William’s lead by working on a farm owned by his father’s Duchy of Cornwall. Then, come late autumn, he will spend six weeks working on a polo farm overseas – possibly, Argentina – to develop his polo skills and learn how a polo farm operates, aides at the palace have confirmed.