First Female Sniper Graduates From Army School

First Female Sniper Graduates From Army School

( – Over the last two decades, several female service members have completed an Air Force course to become military snipers. However, no woman had ever completed the much longer, more elite Army sniper course — until now.

The Army has announced a female soldier with the Montana National Guard has graduated from the US Army Sniper Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. The soldier, who enlisted in the military last December, was recommended for the course by her training staff and chain of command while she was completing Fort Benning’s 22-Week One Station Unit Training. The unnamed soldier is now “the most feared weapon on the battlefield.”

The seven-week sniper course is incredibly difficult. It tests recruits on complex engagements, mission planning, advanced situational awareness, marksmanship and other skills they need to be successful on the battlefield.

Maj. Gen. J. Peter Hronek said that the military is “extremely proud of this soldier’s achievement” and recognizes how great it is, historically, that a woman has finally graduated from the elite school. The soldier’s OSUT company commander, Capt. Joshua O’Neill told they’re “all incredibly proud of her,” saying they had no doubts “she would succeed.”

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