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BiologyIsReal Wed 19-Feb-20 08:09:18

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51553815

A sign of our times that I had to read the story all the way down to checik whether this was really a woman.....

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Pirrip Wed 19-Feb-20 08:49:30

Well done, Capt Rosie Wild. Awesome achievement!

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Wed 19-Feb-20 08:51:53

She's not joining the Paras though, although the article didn't make clear why. Such an amazing achievement to earn her maroon beret that I felt a bit deflated when I realised she wouldn't be joining the regiment.

DodoPatrol Wed 19-Feb-20 08:53:10

I’ve just read what they have to do to qualify. Wow.

‘Also a competitive triathlete’ - surely she could add a few more sports in there in her spare time?

(And like many people at the peak of fitness, she’s genuinely stunning as well.)

Lordfrontpaw Wed 19-Feb-20 08:55:01

Is she really? Well that’s a thing! (Proud aunt brag - my niece was top of her intake of fire fighters and did the same physical challenges as the men).

ByGrabtharsHammerWhatASavings Wed 19-Feb-20 09:47:29

First woman to pass since it became open to women 30 years ago apparently!

zanahoria Wed 19-Feb-20 09:55:01

" Marching 20 miles (32km) with a backpack and rifle, within four hours and 10 minutes"

a tough call without the backpack and rifle

MorrisZapp Wed 19-Feb-20 09:58:44

'Captain Rosie Wild' - Dickens himself couldn't come up with a more inspiring or evocative name. Love it! And she's only 28. Christ.

Gibbonsgibbonsgibbons Wed 19-Feb-20 10:07:37

The boxing thing basically sounds like take a beating shock can’t defend or block
So delighted she’s a woman - well done Rosie!

MorbidMuch Wed 19-Feb-20 10:10:33

Wow! What an inspiring woman. She must be incredible to overcome the height disadvantage she has on some of those team challenges.

Is it men who she is boxing too?

Callmejudith Wed 19-Feb-20 10:16:12

Fantastic!

Aesopfable Wed 19-Feb-20 10:23:09

And she's only 28

That is pretty much your peak physically.

Amazing achievement

NiceLegsShameAboutTheFace Wed 19-Feb-20 10:24:06

Fantastic. I am genuinely in awe. You are amazing, Captain Rosie Wild smile

CaveMum Wed 19-Feb-20 10:37:34

Well done Capt Rosie!

The people that take these selection tests are are as nails, as well as nuts! My BIL passed out as a Royal Marine on the third (and final) attempt having suffered hairline fractures on his first attempt and hypothermia on his second.

Mockersisrightasusual Wed 19-Feb-20 10:40:10

Plenty of women in the Parachute Regiment. They are Quartermasters, Adjutants and Medical Officers. One famous documentary on P Company showed a fearsome Trunchbull of an M.O. who wielded an officers cain to smack any recruit who presented improperly when she asked them to cough.

Catting Wed 19-Feb-20 11:23:41

I mentally finished your opening post with 'the first woman in the paras "is a man"' such is the state of things nowadays.

GrumpyGran8 Wed 19-Feb-20 11:56:46

A sign of our times that I had to read the story all the way down to checik whether this was really a woman.....
I had to check the photograph, to see that she was clearly shorter and more lightly built than the men around her. sad
Women are being erased....

DodoPatrol Wed 19-Feb-20 14:05:39

I would be genuinely impressed by a transwoman who got through that selection test too -- as long as she didn't claim to be the 'first woman' to do so.

CuriousaboutSamphire Wed 19-Feb-20 14:23:50

Funny isn't it? Fully expected that top be a transwoman but a split second's look at a photograph and we know... we really do know... Capt Rosie is an actual becunted woman!

Still pissed off that my first thought wasn't congratulatory. STOP FUCKING STEALING MY LIFE!!!!

PeterPomegranate Wed 19-Feb-20 19:08:34

What an achievement! She must be well hard (and I mean that as a compliment).

SonEtLumiere Wed 19-Feb-20 20:42:48

I hope someone knows her personally that can direct her to the congratulations!

FrogsFrogs Wed 19-Feb-20 21:56:19

"I would be genuinely impressed by a transwoman who got through that selection test too -- as long as she didn't claim to be the 'first woman' to do so."

Remember Chloe? www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/transgender-soldier-british-army-serve-frontline-scots-guards-chloe-allen-a7312751.html

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