Watch one of the ten new Army female Infantry lieutenants clear a room


The first 10 female lieutenants to graduate from the Army’s Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course crossed the stage Wednesday to be accepted into the infantry branch.

During their training, the Columbus Ledger was able to record footage of the new lieutenants conducting Battle Drill 6, “Enter and clear a room” at Fort Benning.

The first female infantry lieutenants will report to Fort Hood or Fort Bragg when they leave Benning, according to the Army.

The Army chose these installations to be the first to integrate the new female leaders into infantry units. Eventually they will migrate out to other military installations.

“We’ve been integrating women into the military for years, ” said said Maj. Gen. Eric J. Wesley, commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence. “They’ve fought and bled alongside us for years.”

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