Police Officer Sworn in as Army's First Ever Female Infantry Recruit
A police officer from Louisiana has become the Army's first ever female infantry recruit.
Tammy Grace Barnett, 25, had her swearing in on Thursday at Military Entrance Processing Station in Shreveport.
The historic moment came just days after the processing center got word that women would now be allowed to sign up for combat jobs.
"They told me that I would be the first female in history to go infantry in the military," the Robeline native told KSLA.
According to an Army news release, Barnett first visited a recruiting station in November with a plan to join military police.
"But infantry is similar, and they are more on the front lines, like law enforcement here, and I said that's what I want to do," she said.
Barnett continued in the release:
"I have served the front lines in my hometown ... and now I am going to serve the front lines for my country.
“I want to deploy, see action, and I definitely want to go to Airborne school.”
Barnett will head to basic training in June 2017 at Fort Benning in Georgia. The Army explained that the 14-month delay "is to allow the Army to properly prepare for new trainees by having trained female officers and [noncommissioned officers] in position."
In the meantime, Barnett said she hopes other women will follow her lead.
"If I can do it, they can do it too," she said.