A female soldier has become the first female soldier to pass the Army’s demanding course to prove that personnel have the toughness needed to serve in the Airborne Forces.
Private Addy Carter, 21, from Hereford, said it was ‘about showing you can deliver when the going gets tough’ after becoming the first female enlisted soldier to pass the grueling P Company course in the parachute regiment.
The three-and-a-half-week course in Catterick, North Yorkshire, is designed to examine physical and mental toughness and culminates in a series of challenging tests including loaded walks, log and stretcher runs, as well as a course of aerial confidence.
Pte Carter, of 16 Medical Regiment, received a coveted maroon beret this week after completing All Arms Pre Parachute Selection (AAPPS) – known as P Company.
This means she is now following in the footsteps of Captain Rosie Wild, of the 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, who was the first female officer to pass the AAPPS in 2020.
Pte Carter is a combat medic with 16 Medical Regiment, providing medical support to the 16th Air Assault Brigade Combat Team, the British Army’s specially trained and equipped global response force to deploy by parachute, helicopter and air landing.
In her role, she would deploy as a nurse working alongside the soldiers of the Parachute Regiment.
Next up for Pte Carter is the basic parachute course at RAF Brize Norton, where she could earn her “wings” as a trained military paratrooper.
Major Chris Braithwaite, Officer Commanding Pegasus Company, said: “Pegasus Company is designed to test an individual’s physical fitness, determination and mental toughness under stress, to ensure they have the self-discipline and motivation for service in the Airborne Forces.
“There is a set standard that anyone attempting the course must achieve and this is rigorously enforced by my team – out of 98 candidates who have started this course, 59 have passed.
“I hope Private Carter’s success at the All Arms Pre-Parachute Screening will encourage others to attempt the course. I would like to congratulate all who have been successful and wish them the best for their future service with the Airborne Forces.
Ms Atherton said of Pte Carter: “She has set high standards for all our serving personnel and is a role model for women to aspire to, proving that no job is out of reach.
“It’s a clear example of what can be achieved through hard work and determination. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors with the military.