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Don't know if you are aware of the three females who just this week was assigned to a US field artillery unit as artillerymen (artillerypeople now)

Actually, this news information is a bit inaccurate. Since the late 1970s women could serve in long-range missile units (e.g. Pershing), which are Field Artillery units. They could also be in FA units as surveyors. I had women officers in my FA basic course in '82. They just could not be assigned to battalion or lower cannon units. So, you could have them at FA Brigades. So, we've had women in the Field Artillery for a long time. (Even longer if you count Molly Pitcher.)

Also, starting in the late 70s, women could serve at combat brigade level; in the mid-90s the Assistant Brigade S2 in my infantry brigade in the 10th Mountain Division was a woman. Also the MP Platoon leader attached to the Brigade was a woman.

Now, women can be assigned to battalion and below FA units; the women to which you refer are in a MLRS unit.

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Ed, didn't see the Hood story.

Here are a couple others you might be interested in...

First female battery commander in an Field Artillery battalion, 2012 - she's in a 155mm towed unit -

1st Battalion (Air Assault) 377th Field Artillery Regiment: http://www.army.mil/article/85806/

First five females in 2-4 FA at Fort Sill; another MLRS unit: http://www.army.mil/article/112980/

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When I retired, WAC had been disbanded for seven years, reverting females to the branch they served and were still clerks, medical and cooks. As a Drill for six years, six months were in AIT, Cooks School at FT Wood. I happen to receive during that time the first three females assigned as cooks. That was my only experience with females under me.....officially!!!!! ;)

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When I retired, WAC had been disbanded for seven years, reverting females to the branch they served and were still clerks, medical and cooks. As a Drill for six years, six months were in AIT, Cooks School at FT Wood. I happen to receive during that time the first three females assigned as cooks. That was my only experience with females under me.....officially!!!!! ;)

I never had females in my artillery units, as I was always in cannon units. I did have them in my staff jobs.

Although, I did my cadet troop leading time at Fort Gordon basic training for signal soldiers and there, of course, were women.

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