Army names first female infantry officer in US history

In a groundbreaking move, the U.S. Army has approved the transfer request submitted by Captain Kristen Griest to an infantry unit.  The approval of transfer will allow Griest to become the first female commissioned officer to hold an infantry command in American history.

Like any other officer wishing to branch-transfer, Capt. Griest applied for an exception to Army policy to transfer from military police to infantry.  Her transfer was approved by the Department of the Army [on Monday] and she’s now an infantry officer,” said spokesman for the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, Georgia, Bob Purtiman.

Captain Griest was one of two women to successfully complete training to qualify as an Army Ranger in August 2015.  At the moment of her graduation from the Army’s elite Ranger training course, females were forbidden from serving in combat roles.

On December 3, 2015, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter reversed long-standing policy and lifted the ban prohibiting females assuming combat roles.

Griest, who graduated from West Point in 2011, had previously served as a military policewoman in Afghanistan.

Earlier this month, the Army announced 22 additional females had transfers approved to serve in front-line units.  13 of the women will serve in infantry units; the remaining nine will be attached to armored units.


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