Robeline Police officer first woman in the area to enlist in Army combat
SHREVEPORT- A Robeline Police Officer, Grace Barnett, is the first female in the area to enlist in the Army’s Infantry, a combat arms profession.
The position includes Barnett to work as the main land component and backbone for the Army.
“At first it was a big shock that I was the first one here to enlist as Infantry,? ?but I have been waiting for five months for this to happen,?” Barnett? said.? “?I have a sense of pride that I am the first.?”
?The 25-year-old said that she served on the front lines in her hometown of Robeline and is excited to serve for her country.
?“?I want to deploy,? ?see action,? ?and I definitely want to go to Airborne school,” Barnett said.
Barnett said that her mother is “ecstatic” for her says she is a “trailblazer” for women.
“My grandfather served in Vietnam in the Air Force.? ?He will be proud of me too,” she said.
Lt. Col. Monica Washington, a West Point graduate, said that she is proud of Barnett’s hard work and dedication.
“With this brave start from Grace,? ?we will recruit from a larger pool of quality recruits to select the best qualified people for particular military occupational specialties,” Washington said.
It is also the start of many advanced schools such as Special Forces,? ?Airborne School,? ?Ranger School,? ?Sniper School and Pathfinder School.?
?Barnett will start her training in Fort Benning, Georgia.
In December? ?2015,? ?Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter? ?opened nine previously closed jobs to women,? resulting in ?more than? ?95,000? ?positions.