A female soldier will command infantry troops for the first time having passed one of the British Army’s toughest courses.
The soldier, whose name has been withheld for security reasons, attended the course at the Infantry Battle School in the Brecon Beacons, south Wales.
Having passed the course, designed to select future infantry leaders, the Telegraph understands the woman will now transfer into a regular infantry Battalion where she could command a section of eight soldiers.
The Section Commanders’ Battle Course lasts 16 weeks and is designed to select the best Junior Non-Commissioned Officers to lead infantry soldiers in combat. Soldiers attending the course as Lance Corporals will typically have served around five years and would have been marked out by senior officers as having significant leadership potential.
Graduates from the course are not automatically rewarded with promotion to Corporal or appointed as one of three section commanders in a typical infantry platoon.