British Army Appoints First Female Major General & First Female Brigade Commander


Brigadier Susan Ridge is set to become the first Servicewoman to achieve the rank of Major General (OF-7).

She is currently working as Director Legal Advisory (Army Legal Services), providing advice to the chain of command on disciplinary matters through to dealing with military complaints and enquiries.

In her new role as Director General Army Legal Services, which she takes up in September, Brigadier Ridge will have a wider remit. looking across the whole Service and providing legal support in barracks, on training and on operations.

“The Army is a constantly evolving organisation, it has allowed me the opportunity to develop and progress throughout my working life,” she said.

Chief of the General Staff, Gen Sir Nicholas Carter, added: “She is a talented officer who is widely respected.”

Soldier has also recently reported that Brigadier Sharon Nesmith will become the commander of 1st (UK) Signal Brigade, the first woman to lead such a formation.


Soldier (2015) AAA. Soldier: Magazine of the British Army. August 2015, pp.14, 16, 55.


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