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Captain Rosie Wild Becomes The First Woman To Pass Brutal Paratrooper Course

Captain Rosie Wild Becomes The First Woman To Pass Brutal Paratrooper Course

A female army officer has just become the first woman to pass the famously difficult selection course for the Parachute Regiment.

It's thought to be the toughest military selection course outside of the ones to become part of the Special Forces, but it proved to be no match for 28-year-old Captain Rosie Wild.

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While women have been allowed to have a go at the All Arms Pre-Parachute Selection - more commonly known as P Company - since the 1990s, none have passed until Captain Wild yesterday.

She was then handed her maroon beret during a parade on base at Catterick in North Yorkshire.

Credit: MoD
Credit: MoD

An armed forces insider told The Daily Mail: "It is one of the most physically demanding courses anywhere in the world and she passed it. That's an incredible achievement."

The test itself involves eight tests of strength and endurance, and includes a march of ten miles across harsh terrain while wearing full army kit, a 55-foot-high assault course, and - of course - a race that must be completed while carrying a log that weighs 132lbs.

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It's not immediately clear exactly how often soldiers are required to race against the clock carrying bits of wood, but we civilians probably just don't get it, right?

As well as that, prospective paratroopers have to march across a two mile long course while carrying a heavy Bergen rucksack, their rifle, helmet and water.

Credit: MoD
Credit: MoD

They have 18 minutes to complete that part of the test.

Basically, it's a tough old slog, and many of those who attempt it fail to get their 'wings'.

Now that she's completed it, Captain Wild will move to a new role supporting the Army's Air Assault Task Force.

She'll be attached to the 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery. Captain Wild had previously served with the Royal Artillery.

Obviously, those within the British Army are chuffed to bits with her success, and hope that it will open the door for more women in the future to take on the challenges and complete them successfully.

Brigadier John Clark said: "Women have been invited to undertake the gruelling P Company course since the mid-1990s - several have attempted but Captain Wild is the first to pass.

"She is a trailblazer and we hope that her achievement will encourage other women to have a go."

He added: "A more representative force will only make us stronger."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Wild joined the Army three years ago and is a competitive triathlete. She was awarded the sword of honour at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst in 2016 as the best cadet of her intake.

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Topics: uk news, Interesting

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