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A 26-year-old woman is entering the final stages this week in her quest to become the first female to complete the Royal Marine's gruelling commando course and win the coveted green beret.

A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman confirmed that Captain Pip Tattersall is entering the final week of the All Arms Commando Course.

During the coming week her challenges will include a nine mile speed march, assault courses and a 30-mile trek in full battle gear.

If she completes the week and passes the course, she will make military history as the first woman to win the commando knife and green beret.

Capt Tattersall was among three women who joined the eight-week course at the commando training centre at Lympstone in Devon.

But she is the only one still remaining, as the two others Captain Claire Philips, 28, and Lance Corporal Joanna Perry, 29, both dropped out.

Even if she were to pass the course, Capt Tattersall, currently in the Adjutant General's Corps, would not be placed in one of the Royal Marine's fighting units.

The MoD spokeswoman said: 'A woman can work in a combat support but would not be put on the front line.'

She refused to be drawn on whether Capt Tattersall was expected to successfully complete the course which is due to end on June 8.

She said: 'This is the final test but the course has been going on for the last eight weeks.'

Typically nearly half of all the recruits are expected to drop out or be dismissed before completing the commando course.

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