In January of 2016, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter boldly proclaimed that all military occupations and positions were now open to women. It seems that statement was more than just some fluff to appease certain rights groups that had been pushing for that as the Army has just announced the swearing in of their first true female infantry recruit. The honor goes to 25 year old Tammy Grace Barnett of Louisiana who currently holds a position as a police officer in her small town of 2500 people.
Ms. Barnett will begin her basic training in June of next year and she is very excited about it and knows the significance of what she is undertaking. As ambitious as she is now about her endeavor, she was slightly apprehensive at first and almost enlisted to be a military police soldier instead. Now that she has made her decision, the sky is the limit – literally; she hopes to make it all the way to Airborne School.
Why the delay in attending basic training? The Army stated it needs time to put female officers and NCO’s in place to handle the basic training duties and they also need time to upgrade their facilities to accommodate the many female troops needs. There is a lot of work that needs to be done and give credit to the Army for wanting to do it right and give these women the chance to be successful at something many people will be scrutinizing very closely.
Ms. Barnett knows that she will be closely watched by those opposed to having women serve on the front lines and also has the additional pressure of thousands of potential women recruits waiting to see how she fares in training. She says she hopes to one day be a role model for other female recruits and she hopes to inspire more women to join up. She also stated that she feels she is a smallish female so if she can get through her training then others will know they can do it too.
The big tests are still out there and some questions remain if it will work. Things such as how well women will mesh with their male counterparts and if feelings between male and female soldiers will cause a breakdown of discipline on the battlefield will be put to the test and answered.
The biggest question of course is how the female soldiers will react when the bombs start exploding around them and the bullets start flying. If the female soldiers fighting for such groups as the Free Syrian Army and Kurdish Peshmerga are any indication of that, then they will do quite well.
How does a woman who is about to change history in America celebrate that thought? Nothing fancy, just spending the weekend fishing with her family. Sounds exactly like the type of level headed soldier we need serving on the front lines. It will be interesting to see what happens next July when the American Army changes forever.
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