Two women make military history by attempting to become first to pass SAS selection

TWO super-troopers have made military history by becoming the first women to attempt to join the SAS.

The unnamed pair smashed pre-selection tests to get on the gruelling six-month course.

An SAS source said: “No women have got this far before.”

Top Special Forces commander General Sir Patrick Sanders said: “We need female operators.”

Women have served with the SAS, formed in 1941, after transferring from covert surveillance units such as the Special Reconnaissance Regiment.

Some have even worn the regiment’s badge — a winged dagger with the motto Who Dares Wins.

But none has tried the full selection course, which starts with the hills stage in the Brecon Beacons and includes escape tests, resistance to interrogation and jungle warfare training.

The pair are the first to come through Project Artemis, a programme aimed at bringing women into not only the SAS but also the SBS.

Female candidates, with at least two years’ service, get nine months’ mentoring to get them in shape to face selection.

Only one in ten male applicants pass the test. Combat roles were opened to women only in 2018.

The MoD said: “We are proud there are no bars to women playing a full role across our Armed Forces.”

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