The Royal Navy has selected its first female admiral in its history as Commodore Jude Terry is promoted to Rear Admiral.

The new Rear Admiral will start in the role in August next year.

She told the Telegraph:

“I’ve never ever thought about being female in the services. If you deliver, you get the credit for it. If you don’t deliver, you have to redeem yourself. Someone’s got to be first. There will be others.”

According to the Royal Navy, Commodore Terry was born in Jersey, graduating from the University of Dundee in 1997. She joined Britannia Royal Naval College later that year and went on to a degree in Defence Studies at Joint Services Command.

According to the Tepegraph, her career has seen her move up the ranks from a Royal Navy Logistics Officer to the Deputy Director of People Delivery. Jude Terry has also worked with the MoD as an operational planner, a branch manager for Navy Command HQ and Assistant Chief of Staff at the Standing Joint Force HQ.

 

Royal Navy Ranks

These are the official Royal Navy Officer ranks ordered by rank.

 

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BobA
BobA
1 month ago

Good for her and RN! I look forward to the day that this isn’t news.

Billythefish
Billythefish
1 month ago
Reply to  BobA

Yep me too – yawn.

Something Different
Something Different
1 month ago
Reply to  Billythefish

This is a positive step in the right direction and the more people ‘yawn’ at it the more it shows there is a long way to go before it is not note worthy

Ian M.
Ian M.
1 month ago

Well done that Lady.
Just a thought, how broad do your shoulders have to be to wear an Admirals “boards”? They’re huge!

A&Daccountant
A&Daccountant
1 month ago

Typo first line, read admiral

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  A&Daccountant

Yes, I thought full Admiral too.

David
David
1 month ago

IC books and comics???

Geoffrey Roach
Geoffrey Roach
1 month ago

Do they use road or rail when they are delivering people? In the Telegraph there is a comment from that the admiral has a plan to recruit more females to make the navy more representative of society as a whole.
Now before somebody ha s a pop at me for being sexist I’m perfectly happy for a woman to serve ( my god daughter is a Lt Commander but people should be recruited and promoted on merit, not as a balancing act

dan
dan
1 month ago
Reply to  Geoffrey Roach

The new world order where social media and people that riot and burn cities shape policy. Ugh

Something Different
Something Different
1 month ago
Reply to  dan

The new world order where people are given a chance regardless of which protected characteristic they identify as having. Can you honestly say you have never heard anyone in a position of power (especially those who recruit others) saying a sexist/racist/homophobic thing? If they have, it must be within the realms of possibility to think that they may be negatively biased against minorities? The military needs to attract the best people and to do that it cannot seem like a closed shop for a certain type of person.

John G
John G
1 month ago
Reply to  Geoffrey Roach

Yes I read that, a little depressing. I would like to think that the number of people of any sort of defined characteristic serving in our navy is not one of the highest priority areas for attention. That said, I’ve a sneaking suspicion this new admiral is just playing a soundbite, and having appeased god knows who, will get back to things that are actually important. Still, kudos for her, bet she’s chuffed to bits.

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
1 month ago
Reply to  Geoffrey Roach

Geoffrey, I don’t understand the road or rail comment. Secondly, are you seriously suggesting that this officer has not been selected for promotion on merit?

Geoffrey Roach
Geoffrey Roach
1 month ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

First bit was a joke Graham. Until recently the Admiral’s job was DD of People Delivery. Second was her comment about recruiting more females to more equally reflect society.My argument is and always will be you recruit the best people for the job. 100 per cent men OK…100 per cent women OK. or obviously a mix. It shouldn’t have anything to do with recruiting by gender just to make up percentages.

Robert Blay.
Robert Blay.
1 month ago
Reply to  Geoffrey Roach

Only 9% of the RN is female, so she has a point. And they all go through the same selection procedure, and training. So if the girls pass, they deserve to be there.

DP
DP
1 month ago
Reply to  Geoffrey Roach

Spot on with your sentiment Geoffrey. Put the right person in the job every time, regardless who and what they are. Filling quotas will end up in disaster one day and will only end up alienating other, potentially more worthy but less fashionable candidates in the process. Parts of society are trying to correct the nepotism of old with something equally divisive.

Steve R
Steve R
1 month ago
Reply to  Geoffrey Roach

I don’t think that means they will turn down men who want to apply, simply try to attract more interest from women and girls, who are less likely to have even considered a career in the Royal Navy – or any other branch of the armed forces.

To be honest it’s only a positive if it ends up increasing the number of people – male or female – who are interested in a career in the navy. Few enough people seem interested, regardless of gender.

Rogbob
Rogbob
1 month ago
Reply to  Geoffrey Roach

To he honest, the promotion systems promote all the wrong people anyway so even if they did tilt it to favour females or BAME, and so some “underserving” got promoted, it’d be no different from now.

grizzler
grizzler
1 month ago
Reply to  Rogbob

So two wrongs do make a right then?

Rogbob
Rogbob
1 month ago
Reply to  grizzler

Eh? Being differently wrong is not two wrongs. The promotion process promotes many arselicking, risk averse “yes” people who excel at internal politics, because those skills get them good reports and they never fk up because they never do anything difficult. They then go on to stymie middle management effectiveness and cause hige amounts of nugatory activity that harms and hinders everyone else for the rest of their existence, and if they go further rank wise, can cause serious damage (e.g. “strike” or “Warrior uograde”). Biological promotion does not favour these people, and indeed without the pressure to behave in… Read more »

Rogbob
Rogbob
1 month ago
Reply to  grizzler

See below, or above. The formatting here defeats me.

Ponder that to ensure two wrong turnings do lead you in the rightish kind of direction, 1, if not both, need to be very wrong…

Alex
Alex
29 days ago
Reply to  Geoffrey Roach

Absolutely correct. We need equal M/F to show how politically correct we are. No promotion should be based on capability rather than gender or race.

dan
dan
1 month ago

Better late than never.

Last edited 1 month ago by dan
Klonkie
Klonkie
1 month ago

Greetings all. A question with reference to the ranks displayed in the piece. Is an Ensign not also a junior officer rank? Pardon my ignorance , as an ex Air Force officer type, I was unsure.

Orcman
Orcman
1 month ago
Reply to  Klonkie

Ensign is the US equivalent of Midshipman (or woman), which is an “Officer under Training”, so not yet Commissioned, which is why it is often left off the list of ranks.
There is another rank also omitted, because it is rarely awarded (and is an Honorary Rank since 1995) – Admiral of The Fleet – which has 4 rings and one broad stripe. That really requires broad shoulders or long arms!

Klonkie
Klonkie
1 month ago
Reply to  Orcman

Thanks for the info Orcman – so no naval equivalent naval rank to an army 2nd lt or RAF pilot officer?

Orcman
Orcman
1 month ago
Reply to  Klonkie

Yes, that’s Midshipman. Here’s a table of officer ranks with their NATO equivalents: https://military.wikia.org/wiki/British_Armed_Forces_Officer_Ranks
It is worth noting that Army 2nd Lt and RAF Pilot Officer are “OF-D” equivalent, also that (not shown) Royal Marines have seniority over equivalent Army ranks. On the other hand, the RAF and Army ranks at OF-D outrank the Midshipman until the Mid has sat the Fleet Board exams.

klonkie
klonkie
1 month ago
Reply to  Orcman

and thanks agian Orcman

geoff
geoff
1 month ago

Congratulations to Rear Admiral Terry. I am sure she deserves her promotion.
Here in South Africa,whilst I am happy to accept that some positive discrimination is necessary to right the wrongs of centuries of discrimination, in many cases promotions have been given in commerce,government and the military based only on the criterion of skin colour, with disastrous results.

Klonkie
Klonkie
1 month ago
Reply to  geoff

Hi Geoff

Having served in the SAAF in the 80s, it’s sad to see what the the service has become. Here’s an anecdote to brighten up your day. From when I was a candidate officer before I was commissioned, herewith the order of things:
1. CSM berates the sergeant
2. Sergeant berates the airman
3. Airman kicks the dog
4. Dog bites the candidate officer.

geoff
geoff
1 month ago
Reply to  Klonkie

😂Howsit Klonkie. Love it!! There are still some good individuals in the SADF but the top lot-politicians and Brass-there are no words. They have jobs, not careers. Back in the day a top Corporation official earned R 3000 per month,drove a Valiant and wore a Safari suit. Parks Board men gave their lives to conservation for a pittance. Nowadays Government jobs pay salaries and perks that private enterprise cannot match and service delivery has virtually disappeared!
Sad and down mainly to one evil man- JZ

geoff
geoff
1 month ago
Reply to  geoff

..SANDF

Something Different
Something Different
1 month ago
Reply to  Klonkie

How did it feel serving such a regime?

Klonkie
Klonkie
1 month ago

that is a particularly good question SD. I think it’s a mix of being young and believing the government line that this was a total communist onslaught against our way of life (which in fairness was partially true). Important to understand the ANC were a terrorist organization bombing, pubs, restaurants and a church (yes a church full of worshippers at even song). Kinda puts things in perspective. My family politics are center left (well, by RSA 80’s standard). And so I made my opposition known at the ballot box, voting for an English liberal party with an anti- apartheid mandate.… Read more »

Peter S
Peter S
1 month ago

Looking at her described career, she must have also polished up the knocker on the big front door!

william james crawford
william james crawford
1 month ago
Reply to  Peter S

when I was a lad I served a term as office boy to an attorney’s firm!

Herodotus
Herodotus
1 month ago

Well, a rear admiral is the naval equivalent of a ‘modern major general’.

AlexS
AlexS
1 month ago

From her words not from her sex expect the worse. Reality seem a bit off… How can she have a representative number of females when it is clear that they do not share same interest into Navy matters?

It is enough to sample the comments here or in other navy sites.
What is the female to male ratio in comments 1:100 1:1000 1:10000?

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Herodotus
Herodotus
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

We don’t know from nom de plumes! But, I can only think of one that admits to being a woman….and she is Russian!

AlexS
AlexS
1 month ago
Reply to  Herodotus

Precisely. As typical non curious journalists are no one asked how many related navy book there are in schools…and what she would do about it.

Herodotus
Herodotus
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

Hopefully the documentaries that they have made about Ocean and QE will garner interest. I understand that there are more to come…need to be on YouTube to get the youngsters!

Palaboran
Palaboran
1 month ago

I don’t consider the sex of a person, which nowadays covers a vast and not yet complete list of types, I just think the smaller the navy the more the admirals just like tinpot dictatorships. Two modern aircraft carries and a handful of fastjets with barely sufficient support fleet. There, it’s off my chest with due apologies to admiral Jude Terry.

George Parker
George Parker
1 month ago

Just wait for the first transgender BLM supporting pacifist Admiral.