For the first time in the country’s history, a state National Guard has a command staff made up exclusively of women. Three are African American and all are mothers.
“I didn’t even realize that it was going to line up this way,” said Maj. Gen. Linda L. Singh. “It’s not like I engineered it for all of them to end up in these positions. It just to happened that these talented ones started rising to the top.”
Three years ago the U.S. military agreed with women’s right to serve in combat positions. Women have graduated from Ranger School and the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course. A woman’s even leading a marine infantry patrol. In February a federal judge said a male-only draft is unconstitutional.
With privilege comes responsibility.