Prince Harry Cleared to Return to Afghanistan

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He never wanted to leave his unit in Afghanistan. Now Prince Harry has reportedly been cleared to return to front line military service there.

The prince has qualified as an Apache helicopter pilot but will need to finish "conversion to role" training in England before being redeployed.

That will take another seven months, the Guardian states.

Prince Harry in Uniform

A statement from Clarence House says that the specifics of Prince Harry's situation - when he returns to active duty - are the army's to determine.

"Harry is an army pilot and will deploy wherever the army chooses to send him," the statement says. "His course finishes in 2012, and after that his deployment will be a matter for the army chain of command."

Upon completion of the course, Harry will be assigned to an Apache squadron and is said to be not only willing, but anxious to return to Afghanistan.

Harry spent 10 weeks fighting in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008 as a second lieutenant in the Blues and Royals regiment of the Household Cavalry.

However, he was pulled out after some news outlets revealed details of his deployment, which was seen as a threat to him and his fellow troops.

Much as we enjoy rumors about Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton as much as the next site, it's nice to see him recognized for his service to the UK and for his very real - and very impressive - accomplishments.

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