She joined the Army at 18 and during a 21-year career has served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo. She is married to a warrant officer and said yesterday that her son, George, is âpossibly the bestdisciplined two-year-old in the countryâ.
I think the headline of the article is slightly mis-leading. My unit has a female RSM, the Cyprus Joint Police Unit has a female RSM - I'm sure that there are hundreds of others, but that does not take anything away from the lady - 1st female RSM of an ITC. Maybe she will move onto Sandhurst next.
Wrong! The article says "but RSM Burdus, 39, is the first (Femail RSM) in its Initial Training Group", not the first in the entire Army. Sorry! To paraphrase the media "why let the truth get in the way of a good thread"!
W/RSM Burdus has been beaten to first spot by the RLC and maybe even the RLC TA where 166 Regt RLC(V) had a femail RSM 6 years ago!
The Army has had women in charge of the parade ground before, mainly in specialist units such as the Intelligence Corps, but RSM Burdus, 39, is the first in its Initial Training Group, where recruits undergo a 17-week induction course.