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First Women Finish Army's Enlisted Infantry Training
21 May 2017 | The graduates are part of an Army initiative to integrate women into previously closed military occupational specialties.
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Moments before 18 women were about to walk across Inouye Field at Fort Benning, Ga., to become brand new privates and specialists, a female drill sergeant offered clarity. "This is a big deal," she said to the younger women Friday morning on the grounds of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center. "You are making f---ing history." It was the kind of clarity that only a drill sergeant can provide. The four women were among 18 who graduated from One Station Unit Training as the first women to take the enlisted route to become infantrymen. It was another in a string of historic Army gender-integration events that have played out at the Maneuver Center of Excellence over the last four years. Friday was part of the third and final phase.

Though Friday's graduates are the first enlisted women to complete infantry-specific basic training, they are part of a much broader initiative that started in 2013 when the Army made the formal move to integrate women into previously closed military occupational specialties. The women will be moving to assignments at either Fort Hood, Texas, or Fort Bragg, N.C. They will be going to units where there will be women in positions of responsibility at platoon, company and battalion level, Army officials have said. Some will remain at Fort Benning to complete Airborne School before moving to a unit.


U.S. Army Soldiers prepare to graduate Infantry One Station Unit Training (OSUT), in March 2017 at the National Infantry Museum's Inouye Parade Field.

During Friday's graduation ceremony, there was no official mention of the historic event and media coverage was limited to two outlets, The New York Times and Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. The only time gender was mentioned during the ceremony was when various speakers referred to the new soldiers as "infrantrymen" and 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment commander Lt. Col. Sam Edwards referred to the Infantry in its historic context as "Queen of Battle."

The colonel, charged with overseeing the basic training at Fort Benning, said the women earned the blue cords and the right to call themselves infantrymen. "It is not soccer camp. Everybody doesn't get a trophy here," said Col. Kelly Kendrick, 198th Infantry Brigade commanding officer. "It's very demanding. And we only give this to those who earn it. We don't give this away -- man or woman." There were 48 women trainees who arrived at Fort Benning in February, and 32 of them were deemed ready to attempt basic training without any additional physical training. The 18 graduates were among those 32 soldiers. There were 148 men who started the class, and 119 of them graduated.

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15 Jun 2017 | Army officials were tasked with looking for ways to get the best performance out of female troops.
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As the military services moved to admit women into previously closed special operations and ground combat jobs in 2016, Army officials were tasked with looking for ways to get the best performance out of female troops in order to minimize injury and boost their opportunities to succeed. And they discovered one unlikely culprit that was holding some women back: chronic iron deficiency. While it's well known that women tend to be more iron-deficient than men for various reasons, the scope of the problem, and its impact on overall performance, was eyebrow-raising.

About a quarter of the women who enter the Army training pipeline have an iron deficiency, said Scott McConnell, who discussed Army Training and Doctrine Command's efforts to improve training at the quarterly meeting of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services on Wednesday. After several weeks of training, that figure can double, he said. "That impacts your body's ability to carry oxygen to the vital organs. And so iron deficiency can actually be reflected in poor aerobic fitness levels and physical performance," McConnell said.


Recruits of November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, run 1.5 miles during an initial strength test Sept. 16, 2016, on Parris Island, S.C.

In February 2016, the Army announced it would begin providing iron-rich multivitamins to female soldiers. And, McConnell said, the move has made a difference. "The statistic we have is that the iron supplements can actually shave two minutes off the two-mile run time," he said. As services address the challenge of preparing female troops to meet stringent physical standards designed for men, they're gaining new insights about the way nutrition affects performance -- insights that have the potential to benefit the total force.

Since the services began opening previously closed jobs last year in response to a mandate from then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter, it has become clear that it's completely possible for women to meet minimum infantry requirements. To date, 14 female Army officers, 16 noncommissioned officers, and 21 junior enlisted soldiers have been assigned to infantry positions in the active component and Reserve, according to Army data presented Wednesday.

On the Marine Corps side, nine officers and 63 enlisted women have graduated military occupational specialty school for previously closed fields, including one in the rifleman MOS. At the same time, it's evident that women face greater physical hurdles just because they're built differently than men and have different average capability ranges. And that's where tools such as nutrition, supplements and smart training can help.

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First 4 Women Graduate Cavalry Scout Training at Fort Benning
25 Jun 2017 | For the first time, four women were among 162 soldiers who graduated Thursday from the Cavalry Scout One Station Unit Training.
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For the first time in history at Fort Benning, Georgia, four women were among 162 soldiers who graduated Thursday from the Cavalry Scout One Station Unit Training. The soldiers of the 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Regiment, completed the 17-week training and earned the military occupational specialty of 19D Cavalry Scout during a ceremony at Freedom Hall. As part of gender integration, the four women will continue their jobs at the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas, and the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, said Nate Snook, a public affairs spokesman at Benning.

On the battlefield, the cavalry scout is considered the commander's eyes and ears. Scouts are called on when information about the enemy is needed. They are also responsible for reconnaissance and are proficient with various weapons, including explosives and mines. In the field, scouts make contact with the enemy using anti-armor weapons and vehicles. Each soldier was held to one standard throughout the training, said Col. John Cushing, commander of the 194th Armored Brigade. "We spent a great deal of time making sure that we were ready to accept females into our formation," he said. "Female drill sergeants were on board for about 18 months prior to the execution, which prepared us for the integrated training."


Members of 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Regiment’'s Bravo Troop Class 17-007 graduate at Fort Benning's Freedom Hall

Lt. Col. Daniel C. Enslen, commander of the 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Regiment, said the soldiers' success is a testament to their perseverance and the foundation each helped to establish. "This ceremony marks a key milestone in the life of your soldier," Enslen said to family and friends at the graduation. "Today, they graduate as cavalry scouts trained in the fundamentals of Army reconnaissance. Today, they are members of the United States military profession. Today, they are soldiers."

During the training, soldiers marched and ran countless miles and developed a wide range of military skills. They included establishing observation posts, infiltrating hostile areas, calling indirect fire on the enemy, and driving and firing numerous combat vehicles, Enslen said. "We are the eyes and ears of the Army," he said. "We are the cavalry."

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I still don't believe women should be in combat. It takes a lot of upper body strength to get a bayonet into a lung, but then, if they take her prisoner, it could be much worse.
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6 Jul 2017 | When NASA opened its application process in December 2015, Marine Maj. Jasmin Moghbeli knew she was ready to apply.
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Marine Maj. Jasmin Moghbeli's grade school dream of becoming an astronaut has wavered only once: during her combat deployment to Afghanistan as an AH-1W Super Cobra pilot from 2009-10. "Had I been offered to leave and go be an astronaut, I don't know that I would have said yes at that time," Moghbeli told Military.com in a June interview, "because I loved what I was doing in that moment." Regardless, Moghbeli said, the dream has served as a guiding force throughout her distinguished 12-year Marine Corps career, shaping her plans and giving added purpose to years of intensive work and study. Last month all of that work came to fruition. NASA announced that Moghbeli would be one of 12 astronaut candidates selected to undergo a two-year training and evaluation period for entry into the 58-year-old astronaut program.

When Moghbeli got the news, she immediately called her parents, her hands shaking with excitement and disbelief. "They were at a pizza place when I called them and [my dad] was crying so much he couldn't even drive home," she said. "So I think that says something about how much it meant to me and my family." Moghbeli, 33, has seldom taken the easy path. She was born in Germany to Iranian parents, Fereshteh and Kamy Moghbeli, who moved to the United States when she was eight months old. She grew up in Baldwin, New York, and remembers first knowing she wanted to become an astronaut in the sixth grade. "I did a report on Valentina Tereshkova, the first female in space, a [Russian] cosmonaut. I think the reason I chose her was I was pretty adventurous, but I always loved math, I always loved science, even as a little kid," Moghbeli said. "And then we got to dress up as the person, I had my little space suit and it just kind of, as a little kid, fanned the flames of getting me excited about space exploration."


Astronaut Candidate Marine Maj. Jasmin Moghbeli

After high school, Moghbeli had initially planned to attend the U.S. Naval Academy, but then was offered a spot at the world-class Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering. After school, Moghbeli knew she wanted to pursue military aviation, a common gateway for NASA selectees. At a career fair her junior year, she learned about a Marine Corps leadership program that allowed college students to attend Officer Candidates School over the summer with no military obligation. She went that summer before starting her senior year, and she knew her path was set. "Once you end up going through Officer Candidates School you just, there's just pride in the Marine Corps. And there was no way I was going to go to any other branch after going through that," Moghbeli said. "So yeah, that's how I ended up in the Marine Corps. And I'm glad I did; I love it."

In the Marine Corps, Moghbeli eventually trained on Super Cobras, ultimately completing three deployments with the twin-engine attack helicopter. She was deployed twice aboard ship with the 13th and 31st Marine Expeditionary Units, and in 2009 was sent to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan in Helmand province with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367, nicknamed "Scarface." The deployment proved a busy one. "We did lots of different stuff, of course close air support -- as an attack helicopter pilot, that's the bread and butter -- but escorts on the ground and for other aircraft that don't have defensive weapons capabilities, doing reconnaissance missions, and just overhead support of the patrols going out so several different missions sets," she said. In the Afghan desert, the dream of being an astronaut seemed a distant one. But Moghbeli was still biding her time and building her skill sets. "I didn't think I was ready yet and I had what NASA was looking for," she said. "I kind of waited until I was like, 'all right, I've got what I think they're looking for, so I'm going to apply this time.'"

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Go forward into my fox-hole, and join us and we shall see battle after battle, says all Infantrymen and the women whom have already been into combat..

Set your minds as you have set your hearts to bear each firefight as you improvise, adapt and overcome.

As now you have become the spear-tip of every battle to come.

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Yet now to top this achievement go AIRBORNE ALL the WAY.. The best of all in the Infantry ...

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Army Looking to Add Female Infantry, Armor Soldiers to New Posts
11 Oct 2017 | WASHINGTON -- The Army will expand the number of installations where it assigns female soldiers serving in previously all-male, front-line combat jobs as more women enter the infantry and armor fields, a top general said Wednesday.
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To date, more than 500 female soldiers have completed training to serve in infantry and armor jobs that only became opened to them in December 2015 when the Pentagon eliminated rules barring women from serving in certain military jobs, Lt. Gen. Thomas C. Seamands, the Army's chief of personnel, said during the Association of the U.S. Army's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. "These are citizens who a few years ago would not have had the opportunity to be infantry or armor soldiers, and they are now doing it and doing it quite well [and] with distinction," he said. So far, the Army has assigned about 100 of those female soldiers to units at two posts -- Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Hood in Texas.

Women are serving in infantry and armor units within Fort Bragg's 2nd and 3rd Brigade Combat Teams in the 82nd Airborne Division and in Fort Hood's 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division and 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. The other roughly 400 soldiers in those fields are now in various training programs while they await assignments to combat units. But as more women enter the previously closed fields, the service will need to expand the number of installations where it assigns female infantry and armor soldiers, said Lt. Col. Naomi Mercer, the Army's chief of command policy who is helping develop the gender-integration process for the service.


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The Army said last month that it had an additional 184 women attempting to join the infantry and another 125 attempting to serve in armor jobs. The expansion of posts with female infantry and armor soldiers could come within the next year, Mercer said. She declined to identify which Army installations are being considered, but she said female infantry and armor soldiers would likely begin their careers at larger posts with multiple combat units. Fort Hood and Fort Bragg were chosen because they are large installations with extensive resources for soldiers serving in combat arms fields, Mercer said. "The consideration is based on the opportunities for the [soldiers] who go there," she said. "The reason that we picked Fort Bragg and Fort Hood in the first place is that those are armor and infantry hubs."

Just as the Army has done at Fort Hood and Fort Bragg, it will place at least two female officers or noncommissioned officers in a unit before it moves junior enlisted soldiers -- in the rank of specialist or below -- into those units. The Army calls that structure a leaders-first approach to integrating women into fields that were traditionally all male. Mercer said the structure has been effective so far and the leaders are paving the way for new soldiers just out of initial entrance training programs to move into the combat force. "We've been preparing for this since 2012 and it has proven it works," she said. "Everybody is filtering in. It just takes time."

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The test run is only 1.5 miles. Hell when I went in we ran five miles against the clock.
When the platoon ran I and a few others would run outside around them.

My first PT card shows I ran the mile in 4:57...........
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