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Prince Harry wants to be helicopter pilot

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  • Prince Harry wants to become a helicopter pilot like his elder brother
  • Harry has begun selection process and will learn next month if he can start training
  • The prince served in Afghanistan for four months before having to withdraw
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Prince Harry is aiming to follow in his brother's footsteps by becoming a helicopter pilot, royal officials say.

Officials said Harry had begun the selection process and would find out next month whether he had been accepted for training.

Harry's elder brother, William, was awarded his Royal Air Force wings in April after training since January.

William's training attracted controversy when he landed Chinook helicopter in a field on the property owned by his girlfriend Kate Middleton's family. Defense officials said the flight had been authorized.

In September, it was announced William is to train to become a full-time search and rescue pilot with the RAF.

Prince Harry's father, Prince Charles, and uncle, the Duke of York, have also learned to pilot military helicopters.

Prince Harry spent three months in Afghanistan earlier this year.

However, he had to be withdrawn in March after his secret deployment was revealed in a media report.

He had been deployed in Afghanistan since December. Major news outlets had agreed to keep the information secret for security reasons, but a Web site broke the news blackout.

That prompted the British military to withdraw the prince for security reasons four weeks before the end of his 14-week deployment.

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