FORT HARRISON, Mont. (NEXSTAR) – A soldier from Montana is the first woman to graduate from the U.S. Army’s sniper course.
Maj. Gen. J. Peter Hronek, adjutant general of Montana, said his graduation was a milestone for the National Guard and for the military. The army does not identify him at the moment.
The Soldier enlisted in the Montana Army National Guard in December 2020 and completed 22-week training at Fort Benning, Ga. His training staff recommended that he take the sniper course. She started the course in September and graduated last week.
The course trains soldiers to perform long-range precision fire and collect information on the battlefield. She was recommended for the course because she was an excellent shooter, as well as excellent overall performance, the military said.
“We are extremely proud of the achievement of this soldier and recognize that this is a significant milestone not only for Montana, but for the National Guard and the Army as a whole,” said the general. of Division J. Peter Hronek, adjutant general of Montana, in a statement. “This soldier had to volunteer several times to achieve this goal, which is a demonstration of his dedication and commitment to service.”
The Army Sniper School was founded in 1987, CNN reports. Women make up 14% of enlisted soldiers and 19% of army officers, according to 2018 statistics.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.