A British Army Captain has become the first female officer to pass the mercilessly tough Parachute Regiment entry course
Captain Rosie Wild, 28, has been described by many people as a “trailblazer” after passing the high-intensity physically challenging course.
Several women have tried but failed the gruelling ‘P’ Company course since the rules were changed, and they were allowed to apply in the late ’90s.
As part of the course, recruits have to complete a 20-mile endurance march which many recruits fail as they try to join the elite fighting regiment.
Despite being awarded a highly coveted maroon beret on Tuesday, Capt Wild will not actually be joining the regiment.
She will instead serve in 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery which is attached to 16 Air Assault Brigade – the Army’s rapid reaction force.
The eight tests in the P Company course involve:
- Marching 10 miles (16km) while carrying a 16kg backpack, in under 1 hour and 50 minutes
- Completing an aerial assault course designed to test a candidate’s ability to overcome fear
- Taking a 60kg telegraph pole as a team of eight soldiers over 1.9miles (3.1km)
- Running two miles (3.2km) with a backpack and rifle, within 18 minutes
- Completing a 2.2-mile steeplechase – a cross-country run followed by an assault course
- “Milling” – a boxing contest in which soldiers have points deducted for dodging or blocking punches
- Marching 20 miles (32km) with a backpack and rifle, within four hours and 10 minutes
- Carrying a 79kg stretcher for more than four miles (8km) as part of a team of 16 soldiers.
Capt Wildjoined the Army three years ago as a commissioned officer. She is also a competitive triathlete,