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Not) in the Army now

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There is not exactly an over-abundance of civil engineering graduates, let alone female civil engineering graduates, and neither is the army overrun with applicants. You would think, therefore, that Lindsey Barrett, who won the Concrete Society’s student award for a paper on ‘the effect of early-age strain on the strength of concrete’ while a student at Cranfield University’s Defence College would be seen as a feather in the regimental cap. Unfortunately her hopes of a military career, starting with enrolment at Sandhurst, have been derailed by the Army's reaction to some early-age strain of Barrett’s own. Following a knee inuury, she has been dismissed on medical grounds, despite doctors’ assurances that she has recovered fully. Still, that is one talented graduate ready to take up a position in civil life…

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