If they are from the army will they not be AACC qualified Commandos, rather than Marines?
Also the article states "The move to train female commandos comes as Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon prepares to make a ruling on whether Britain should follow its European counterparts and allow women into the front line."
Presumably this article is wrong or out of date or have the ladies in question been on the 30 miler for a while?
One is expected to be Gunner Penny Rushton, 26. She volunteered for the course when attached to 29 Commando Royal Artillery brigade in October 1999, but was not allowed to take part. Gunner Rushton, known as Stumpy to friends at just 5ft 2in, was dubbed GI Jane after the movie starring Demi Moore as a US army recruit.
How old is this article??? If she joined 29 RA in 1999 she would have been 14!!!! Maybe that's why she is green death material
I was down in CTCRM (getting ready for my careers advisors selection) at the time when (The first female commando) Philippa Tattersall was trying to pass AACC in 2002. She was really struggling to get over the wall and had more than 1 attempt at the assualt course. As far as I know only 1 other female as ever passed AACC. There is definitely no plans to put women directly into the RM's (possibly the SM service).
Re the mention of Prince Edward. I recall being at the Royal Tournment just after he had been SNLRd, and the Green Death were all wearing T-shirts saying 'You can turn a frog into a prince, but you can't turn a prince into a Marine'!
I was down in CTCRM (getting ready for my careers advisors selection) at the time when (The first female commando) Philippa Tattersall was trying to pass AACC in 2002. She was really struggling to get over the wall and had more than 1 attempt at the assualt course.
I've booked my air fares and sorted my accomodation, the sight of 5' 2" Gunner Penny 'Stumpy' Ashton trying to get over the 6 foot wall and up the 30 foot rope climb will be well worth it.
5 pongo women at once? So at least one should get a lid!