The Army’s Top Drill Sergeant Is a Woman

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Command Sgt. Maj. Teressa L. King has gone where no woman has gone before.  She is now the top drill sergeant in the Army!

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“…On Tuesday, the Army will make Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa L. King, 48, commandant of its drill sergeant school here. It is a first. No woman has run one of the Army’s rigorous schools for drill instructors.

Petite yet imposing, Sergeant Major King seems a drill sergeant at heart, ever vigilant for busted rules: soldiers nodding off in class, soldiers with hair a fraction too long, soldiers who run too slow.

“Are you crazy?” she shouts at one who is walking across a lawn. “Get off my grass!”

The eighth of 12 children, the sergeant major is the daughter of a sharecropper who grew cucumbers and tobacco near Fort Bragg, N.C. Her first job in the Army was as a postal clerk, a traditional position for women in those days….”

You do realize for a woman to become the top drill sergeant in the Army, she must be tougher than any man.  Her secret, though, may be the fact that she is a devout Christian who once considered giving up the Army for the ministry.

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