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Women Marines

#1
I see the Wail has stopped comments on their article, so I gues the NAAFI bar is the best forum for sensible debate on the sea hats going all girly:

[h=1]Five women to become first female Marines[/h]
Five Army women are preparing to serve as Britain's first female Royal Marine
commandos.

The 'GI Janes' have been offered provisional places in May to undergo one of
the world's toughest military training courses.

If they succeed, the women will win the coveted green beret. But before they
can bear the Marines motto, By Sea, By Land, the women face ten weeks on a
gruelling course which has led to the deaths of five male recruits in the past
five years.

And it proved too much for Prince Edward who dropped out in 1987.

No quarter will be given to the women hopefuls who will be expected to
complete exactly the same course as the men. The names of the five - from the
Royal Artillery and the Royal Logistics Corps - remain a secret.

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.

She said: 'The blokes are very encour-aging, but some of the women criticise
me. I think it's because I am doing something like this for the first time.'

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.

The hopefuls face an uncompromising battle against pain which reduces
soldiers to tears. Few make the grade. On arrival at the training base at
Lymp-stone, Devon, they will be given the distinctive woolly green hat which
identifies them as Nods - after their Noddy-style headgear.

The toughest assignment is a 30-mile endurance march across Dartmoor,
carrying a 40lb pack. Tasks also include a nine-mile speed march and a
high-speed 'death' slide from a 40ft tower.

Rookies who fail to impress will be taken on the notorious 'mud run' along
the estuary of the River Exe.

A Marines source said: 'The Lymp-stone course breaks the bravest of men.
Let's hope the lasses are up to it. If they pass, they'll deserve a
medal.'


Read more: Five women to become first female Marines | Mail Online
 
#2
According to this report ,Penny Rushton was 13 when attached to 29 Commando Royal Artillery Brigade? Shurely shome mishtake? Good luck to all candidates,regardless of age.
 
C

cloudbuster

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#3
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.
What's the date on the article?
 
S

Screw_The_Nut

Guest
#6
WTF? Plus it's the worst researched armed forces related article I've read for years!
 
S

Screw_The_Nut

Guest
#15
Boooring. Heard there was a chick on the last P Coy - ended up as the worst pass rate for the last 5 years. Thrashed the whole course until she binned it. Professional as fook those airborne boys...

Edited to add, they did the same with a Pakistani bloke a few years back.
 
#17
I know a Pakistani ex para, he was a lance jack as well. Decent bloke from a good family. I guess the guys he served with and trained under were not complete knobbers.
 

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