Philippa Tattersall

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Major Philippa Joan Angel Tattersall, nicknamed "Pip", is a Scottish soldier, born 1975 in Tarland, Aberdeenshire. She is the first woman (Second was Surgeon Lt Lara Herbert RN) to succeed in the 9-week All Arms Commando Course, joining the main manoeuvre formation, 3 Commando Brigade.

Tattersall successfully completed the course in May 2002 after 2 previous failed attempts, though the British Government's ban on women serving in units whose "primary duty is to close with and kill the enemy" means she is limited to providing combat support or combat service support to the Brigade. She serves in the Educational and Training Services Branch of the Adjutant General's Corps.

In addition to her military accomplishments, Tattersall has also swum the English Channel and won a silver medal in the British Snowboarding championships.[1]

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