Women on the cusp of Royal Marine training 

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WOMEN are undergoing physical testing which could see them begin training to become Royal Marines for the first time.

It comes two years after former prime minister David Cameron said the ban on women serving in ‘ground close’ combat roles would be lifted.

More than 1,350 females have inquired about becoming potential Commandos, and 20 have gone on to begin the selection process. They are undergoing preliminary testing, which involves an interview and two one-and-a-half mile timed treadmill runs. If they pass this process they will be offered the chance to begin the 32-week course at Lympstone Commando Training Centre in Devon in 2019.