The British army has appointed its first female general, The Guardian
reported July 6. Susan Ridge will be promoted to the rank of major general in September when she will become the army’s top legal adviser. Ridge, 52, will be the new director general army legal services (DGALS), responsible for advising commanding officers on discipline and complaints. The role has taken on added significance in light of court rulings enforcing human rights legislation in the armed forces, and a growing number of complaints about the conduct of service personnel, including sexism.