Women to be integrated into infantry, armor brigades at Fort Bliss

The U.S. Army will integrate female soldiers in infantry and armor brigades at Fort Bliss this year.

Women will be integrated into infantry and armor brigades at Fort Bliss and two other installations this year, according to the U.S. Army.

About 180 female infantry and armor soldiers are currently assigned to units at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Fort Hood, Texas.

The second round of expansion includes Forts Bliss, Campbell and Carson, which were selected based on having a large number of soldiers stationed there.

"The females can do the job just like the males can," UTEP ROTC Cadet Ruth Clark said. "There are females that can and can't, and those who can definitely prove themselves."

The Army said there is a trend of female enlisted soldiers joining the infantry, while female officers are pursuing armor jobs.

"The armor and infantry, they are in my top five," UTEP ROTC Cadet Meshel Henderson said. "The doors that open are not only for women in the military, but for women in general.

Clark said the expanding program proves women are as capable as men, including in leadership positions.

"It's just going to prove that it should've never been separated in the first place," she said.

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