Why Sandhurst’s first female company sergeant major will not play up to stereotypes

Why Sandhurst's first female company sergeant major will not play up to stereotypes

She said: “Based on my experience of working with overseas cultures as a medic, certainly there are barriers and you have to consider and respect those cultures, but I don’t foresee it being a problem.”

The hardest time in her Army career so far had been serving as a combat medic in Sangin, Afghanistan, between 2007-8, when she looked after civilians and the Afghan National Army, as well as her own colleagues.

“I saw some horrific injuries,” she said. “It was a very testing time.” She has no time for those who say her appointment is tokenism.

“I’m very grateful for the job opportunities I’ve been offered, but for me it’s been through hard work and by merit, not based on the fact I’m a female,” she said. “I will succeed, there’s no doubt about that.

“I don’t go in light-hearted, I’ll give it my full attention and dedication and that’s all I can do.”

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