First female soldiers graduate armor officer course
WASHINGTON — Thirteen recently commissioned female Army officers graduated Thursday from the Basic Armor Officer Leadership Course at Fort Benning, becoming the service’s first female armor officers.
The women were among 68 second lieutenants to graduate the 19-week course that teaches the baseline skills officers need to lead tank or cavalry platoons, the Army post in Georgia announced in a brief statement. The officers were commissioned in the spring through either ROTC, Officer Candidate School or the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
It will be several months before the women take command of a platoon. Army officials said the officers are expected to attend additional training courses before they are assigned to units.
For some of the new armor officers, the training will include Ranger School, from which only three women have graduated.
As with the 10 female infantry officers who graduated from Fort Benning’s Basic Infantry Officer Leadership Course in October, the female armor officers are expected to be assigned to units at Fort Hood in Texas or Fort Bragg in North Carolina in the second or third quarter of 2017.
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