19 May '17, 6pm

18 women graduate from the Army's first gender-integrated infantry basic training

Eighteen of the 32 women who reported to infantry one station unit training in February have earned their blue cords and will soon be joining the rest of the force as the Army's first junior enlisted female infantrymen. A year after the Army lifted the ban on women serving in the armor and infantry branches, Fort Benning, Georgia, sent some of service's first female grunts off to the next step of their careers at a Friday graduation ceremony for 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment. "Why be behind when you could be in front?" one female private told reporters on Thursday. The Army is withholding the names of the privates in order to protect their privacy. The women were a minority of the 137 trainees who graduated from that first integrated cycle, and there were subtle differences about this cycle — pink and purple running shoes, long hair, more security in the barracks, ...

Full article: https://www.armytimes.com/articles/18-women-army-infantry...

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