Prince Harry, who finished his Eton (search) education with the last of his exams on Thursday, has decided to train for a career in the army, St. James's Palace announced.

Harry, 18, will apply to Sandhurst military academy (search) before taking a year off from studying. If he is accepted, he would expect to join the army late next year, Prince Charles' office at the palace said.

Like his elder brother, William, Harry was expected to spend his year off working and traveling.

At Eton, Harry took part in the school's Combined Cadet Corps and was runner-up for the top accolade of Sword of Honor.

His father, Prince Charles (search), and grandfather Prince Philip served in the Royal Navy, and his uncle Prince Andrew was a navy helicopter pilot who served in the Falklands war.