The first woman graduated from the US Army Sniper School, completing the seven-week course designed to produce “the most feared weapon on the battlefield.”
The soldier, who enlisted in the Montana National Guard last December, has not been identified.
After her enlistment, she was sent to Fort Benning, Ga. For unit training at a station, a 22-week course that combines basic training and infantry skills, the Montana National Guard said. . One Station’s training staff noted her outstanding results, including her qualification as an expert marksman, and recommended her for the sniper school, also at Fort Benning.
“We are extremely proud of the achievement of this soldier and recognize that this is a significant milestone not only for Montana, but for the National Guard and the military as a whole,” the general said. of Division J. Peter Hronek, the adjutant general of Montana, in a statement.
Beyond a marksmanship test, the course also trains soldiers in mission planning, advanced battlefield knowledge, complex engagements and more.
âShe arrived prepared for training and in physical condition to succeed. We are proud of the results of his efforts and the quality training provided by the Sniper Course Cadre, âsaid Captain David Wright, Battalion Commander at the Sniper School.
Become the first female to graduate from the Army’s sniper school since its inception in 1987, the soldier will now join her unit in Montana, the guard said.
Of the 1.3 million active duty military personnel, only about 17% are women. The Army, Navy and Air Force each have around 70,000 women, while the Marine Corps has around 16,000 women, according to Defense Ministry data.
More and more women are occupying some of the most senior positions in the Ministry of Defense. Kathleen Hicks is the first woman to hold the post of Assistant Secretary of Defense.
General Jacqueline Van Ovost became the second woman to lead a combat command when she took command of transport last month. Two weeks later, General Laura Richardson became commander of Southern Command. They are currently the only four-star female general in the Department of Defense.
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Barbara Starr of CNN contributed to this report.