Britain’s first female infantry recruit, whose name has not been made public, has quit after just two weeks, saying that she has underestimated the difficulty of the training. The United Kingdom has lifted the ban on female service members in combat units in 2016.
The woman was the only female to be accepted in the RAF infantry regiment. Two other candidates were rejected because they didn’t meet the physical requirements. The recruit had to reportedly undergo an 18-week course first, but she had to drop out after failing to keep up with her male counterparts at a Suffolk training base.
When she resigned, she told her bosses that she had largely underestimated what it takes to be an infantry recruit. Also, she felt “isolated” as she was given female-only accommodation at the base.
Her resignation upset women’s rights activists that try to lift the ban on women fighting in the Army.
Britain’s First Female Infantry Recruit ‘Tried Her Best’
Former Prime Minister David Cameron allowed women to be integrated into the country’s combat units in 2016. Cameron’s decision was criticized by army veterans who said back then that women lack the physical strength to undergo infantry training. Also, they are unable to carry heavy weapons and equipment like men do.
Britain’s Ministry of Defense declined to unveil the recruit’s name, but it confirmed that her goal was to be part of the RAF Regiment. The unit is known for its elite soldiers that fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. RAF offers troops for base security and Special Forces operations.
Since 2016, only two other women wanted to join the RAF, but the other two were not deemed fit enough. The Suffolk training base currently hosts 44 male recruits.
She tried her best and was honest enough to admit the course was too tough for her,
one person familiar with the matter at the base said.
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