West Virginia resident is first to enlist for combat-arms support jobs newly opened to women
The Army has announced Cicely Verstein, of West Virginia, is the first woman to enlist into one of the six Army combat-arms support jobs opened to women in May.
She starts basic training in November to become a 91M, Bradley Fighting Vehicle System Maintainer.
Local newspaper, the Tribune-Review, reports Verstein raced go-karts as a teenager, and the Army job looked like fun.
Verstein, originally from Pennsylvania, first thought about joining five years ago, before the troop drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her family, at least initially, was not convinced.
“They’re a lot more behind me now than they were then,” she said in an Army news release. “They realize I have a better view of what I want to do with my life and what will make me happy.”
On May 14, the Army opened six combat arms support Military Occupational Specialties to women following the Women in Services Review, requested by Congress and directed by the Secretary of Defense in 2011.”
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