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First woman to pass Parachute Regiment’s gruelling selection earns maroon beret


CAPT Rosie Wild was handed her maroon beret — the first woman to pass the Parachute Regiment’s gruelling selection course.

An insider said: “She blitzed it.”

Capt Wild, 28, who was pictured with Camilla after receiving the Sword of Honour at Sandhurst in 2016, joins 7 Parachute Regiment, Royal Artillery.

Over five days she completed eight tough tests including a 60 second boxing bout against a male recruit – who sources say she “flattened.”

One source said: “She even won her milling bout, there was no doubting her toughness, she’s a Para now and worthy of the maroon beret.

“Not many thought a woman would ever pass P Company, she’s proved a lot of people wrong.”

In order to pass P Company Captain Wild completed a 10 mile march over rough terrain carrying a bergen weighing 35lbs plus water and weapon in under one hour and 50 minutes.

Next is the Trainasium – an aerial assault course 55 feet up – testing nerves.

Candidates then have to work in a team of eight for the log race – carrying a 60kgs log over 1.9 miles of rough terrain.

Captain Wild would then have to run the Steeplechase, a 1.8 mile cross country run though water obstacles, before then completing an assault course, in under 19 minutes.

The following test includes a two mile march with a Bergen weighing 35lbs and a weapon in under 18 minutes.

Candidates must also complete the Endurance march over 20 miles of severe terrain carrying a Bergen, and weapon, in under four and a half hours.

And there is a Stretcher Race, with teams of 16 carrying a 175lbs stretcher over five miles. No more than four people can carry the stretcher at any time.

The final event is milling – a 60 second boxing bout – where you can only strike, not defend yourself.

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