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Lulu trains with the Royal Marines

Lulu McNally aims to be the first female Royal Marine Commando
8 Apr 2024
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Lulu McNally (Blackwater and Arnold 2010-15) has joined Royal Marines Commando training as the only female, and is hoping to become the first woman to complete the course. She told us:

'After a lot of hard work transforming my body throughout the year, in January I completed the physical and mental resilience tests allowing me to join Royal Marines Commando training. I've now completed a month and passed the ROP [Recruit Orientation Phase], being the third woman ever to reach this stage and still the only woman in sight (kind of cool, but I'd so so love to see more women attempting it and wouldn't complain about a little more female company). It's been an utterly surreal experience. I've got 32 weeks of training left but we're taking each day as it comes and really enjoying the process!

'I was in charge of Eastbourne College Royal Navy CCF (as CPO) towards the end of my time there (as well as being in the U21 England karate squad at the time) and so thought you'd like to know [the College] had a more direct role in my interest in the area.'

We wish Lulu the best as she continues her training and hope that she will be making history soon!

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