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SAS: Who Dares Wins' Mole Petra Studied To Be A Teacher Before Becoming First Female In Sweden's Special Forces

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SAS: Who Dares Wins' Mole Petra Studied To Be A Teacher Before Becoming First Female In Sweden's Special Forces

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

It was pretty dramatic in the first episode of SAS: Who Dares Wins when we found out that Petra Malm was a mole, providing intel to the Directing Staff.

Then in last night's episode, the 41-year-old former Special Forces soldier came clean to her fellow contestants when she joined Ant Middleton and co up on the platform to explain who she really was - and what her intentions were.

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Ant explained: "Let me introduce you to a military comrade of ours, Petra. Petra has 16 years of military experience under her belt, nine of those in the Swedish special forces. She has been placed amongst you to gather intelligence on each and every one of you."

But the SAS route wasn't always the plan for Petra. She was in fact due to become a teacher.

Speaking to LADbible, she explained: "I did not know what to do after school. I went to the university to become a teacher but it did not feel right. When I was 23 years old I applied to do the conscript and then I was hooked. I had found my path.

"When in the army I wanted to be with the absolute best. I did the selection for Special Operation Group 2007."

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Petra worked as a mole on Channel 4's SAS: Who Dares Wins. Credit: Channel 4
Petra worked as a mole on Channel 4's SAS: Who Dares Wins. Credit: Channel 4

Petra, or recruit number nine as you may remember her better, was the first woman to join the ranks within the Swedish Special Forces.

Reflecting on how difficult that was, she said: "Because I am a female and just 158cm I had to prove myself more than the males. I always know it could take time to get accepted and this was my way do deal with it. I had to be strong and trust my own capacity.

"Time is everything. I had a lot of support in the military. And those who did not think I should be there did not have the bigger picture. They did not want to see the befits having a female.

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Petra was the first woman to join the Swedish Special Forces which came with its difficulties. Credit: Channel 4/SAS: Who Dares Wins
Petra was the first woman to join the Swedish Special Forces which came with its difficulties. Credit: Channel 4/SAS: Who Dares Wins

"Today I am proud of myself. I have been a pioneer and made it easier for other females to be accepted in generally. It was tough in the beginning but everything solved itself for the best. I highly recommend anyone who dreams of applying to do it! If you prepare yourself to be the best version of you, you will have the best time of your life.

"I loved being in the unit. The best place in the world. It is fantastic to work with specially selected, specially trained elite soldiers. Because you know your strengths and weaknesses, you are humble and professional."

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, SAS: Who Dares Wins, Channel 4

Rebecca Shepherd
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