The Army’s top enlisted leader says there are not enough female NCOs and officers looking to transfer to combat arms jobs.
“Currently, we have over 100 young women across America who have volunteered to join our ranks as cavalry scouts, armor crewmen, fire support specialists and infantrymen,” Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey wrote Monday in a memo to the force. “… As young soldiers do, they will look for leadership and mentorship from their superiors. Unfortunately, we have not had a sufficient number of serving female soldiers and [noncommissioned officers] volunteer to transfer into these mentorship and leadership roles.”
Dailey applauded the incoming recruits for being willing “to take on some of the most challenging assignments the Army offers.”
“We need leaders to help shape the next generation of combat soldiers,” Dailey wrote. “I know we have female soldiers with the drive and ability to be successful in ground combat arms formations. If you think you have what it takes, I am personally asking you to consider transferring to these select combat arms specialties.”