Nothing screams girl power or true gender equality like seeing women enrolling into the military and acing it. Men who were training in the military weren't exactly jumping for joy about women invading their macho occupation, but that did not stop Kristen Griest. She managed to exceed standard military training expectation and graduated from the Army Ranger School. She endured one of the toughest training in the world and just when everyone thought that was it, she stunned the world by becoming the Army's first female infantry officer.
“Like any other officer wishing to branch-transfer, Capt. Griest applied for an exception to Army policy to transfer from military police to infantry,” said Bob Purtiman, a spokesman for the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence. “Her transfer was approved by the Department of the Army and she’s now an infantry officer.”
As an infantry officer, Griest will have 300 soldiers under her command and will organize combat missions as well. After graduating at the top of her class in Army Ranger School, Greist recalls the endless struggles through various different courses which eventually earned the respect from her fellow Army men.
After persisting through 49 pushups, 59 sit-ups, six chin-ups, several obstacle courses, four days of military mountaineering, three parachute jumps, four air assaults on helicopters, 27 days of mock combat patrols, a 5-mile run in 40 minutes, a swim test, a land navigation test and a 12-mile foot march in three hours, Griest came up on top. Students going through the training had very little food and sleep and aside from that, they learnt to navigate through woods, mountains and swamplands.
22 women applied for infantry and armor officer position following the rise of Greist. Many women who are already in the Army, have requested for a transfer. In December, The Pentagon has publicly announced that gender restrictions will no longer be applied on military service. 220,000 jobs are now opened for both men and women.