Captain Rosie Wild of 7 RHA has become the first woman to pass the gruelling P Company Selection Course. The All Arms Pre Paracute Selection (AAPPS) is one of the toughest Military Forces selection courses in the world.
We would like to congratulate Rosie Wild on passing a course that many men and women who've gone before her have failed. She has been described by many as a real 'trailblazer' and a 'machine'.
P Company comprises of 8 brutal challenges over 5 days to include
- 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
- Carrying a 60kg telegraph pole as a team of eight soldiers over 1.9 miles (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
Having completed P Company myself as part of 579 platoon back in the days when it was hosted from Browning Barracks in Aldershot, I have nothing but respect for her achievement. It has even been reported that she won her 1 minute milling bout against a male opponent so credit where credit is due.
Captain Wild, who is also a competitive triathlete, joined the Army three years ago and was presented with the sword of honour at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst.
We expect to see great things from this young lady and I am sure you will agree she has huge potential to go very far in her military career.