A British soldier became the first female soldier pass a notoriously grueling military course that proves personnel have the resilience to serve in the Airborne Forces.
Pte Addy Carter, 21, passed the three-and-a-half-week Parachute Regiment Entrance Test – known as Company P, which includes loaded marches, log and stretcher runs and a course in aerial confidence.
She was successful on her second attempt, after a foot injury forced her to give up the first time.
“I never doubted for a moment that I wouldn’t try again,” she said. “I heard about Company P during basic training. It seemed really hard, but I just wanted to give it a try and prove to myself that I could do it.
“Physically I found it very difficult, but it’s about showing that you can deliver when the going gets tough – I kept telling myself that every step was one step closer to the end.”
Carter, who is from Hereford and is part of 16 Medical Regiment, received the coveted maroon beret after completing the course.
The All Arms Pre-Parachute Screening (AAPPS) is designed to test an individual’s physical fitness, determination, and mental toughness under stress, and to determine if personnel have the self-discipline and motivation to serve in the Airborne Forces .
“There is a set standard that anyone attempting the course must achieve and this is rigorously enforced by my team. Of 98 candidates who have started this course, 59 have passed,” said Maj Chris Braithwaite, Commanding Officer of the Pegasus .
“I hope Pte 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.
In 2020, Capt Rosie Wild became the first female officer in the British Army to pass the grueling P Company entrance test, but no soldier had passed it until Carter.
Next up for Carter is the basic parachute course at RAF Brize Norton, which will earn him “wings” as a trained military paratrooper.
“As a woman, I was not treated any differently by the instructors, nor did I expect or want to be,” she said. “I hope I’ve shown other female soldiers that it can be done.”