First Woman on Her Way to Becoming Green Beret Engineer Sergeant

By: Marie McCarthy

The U.S. opened up all positions to females within Special Forces back in 2016. Four years later, a woman will seize a spot in the Green Berets for the first time. The soldier is competing to be an engineer sergeant in the squad. The soldier first had to pass nearly a month-long assessment before even beginning the qualifying training. The first stage involved testing her knowledge of navigation, heavy combat gear and other military skill sets. The soldier first had to pass nearly a month-long assessment before even beginning the qualifying training. The first stage involved testing her knowledge of navigation, heavy combat gear and other military skill sets. According to the New York Times, she is expected to pass the rigorous final test, and upon completion, she will be the first woman ever in the Green Berets.

The Green Berets perform tasks throughout the world. The Special Forces unit is an active-duty group that is tasked with a variety of jobs, including relationship building in war zones and infrastructure building.

On the Army's website, they say the engineer sergeant performs and teaches tasks related to demolition, explosives, field fortification, bridging and rigging. The engineer must also have excellent navigation skills, be knowledgeable of warfare tactics, manage expedition logistics and interpret strategy and maps.

Across the board, just 16.6% of active duty officers and enlisted soldiers in the military are women. In the engineering world, numbers are also very low. Some sources say just 13% of all engineers are women.


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