By Sgt. 1st Class Corey Beal
FORT MCCOY, Wis. (April 2, 2014) -- Women have faithfully served in the military since our Nation's inception, but complete equality and acceptance within the ranks has been an ongoing effort with many important milestones.
According to Retired Army Reserve Maj. John A. Perry, one such milestone in establishing gender equality within the Army Reserve was a groundbreaking initiative by the then 88th Army Reserve Command in 1974. It was then that a platoon of 30 female recruits was assembled to give visibility and help foster acceptance, incorporation and respect for the new wave of female warrior-citizens joining the ranks.
Perry, who served on the staff of the 88th's commander at the time, spoke in detail of the era and program to a crowd of Soldiers and civilians during a special Women's History Presentation on Fort McCoy, Wis., March 27.