Wednesday, July 27, 2005

First All Female Graduates in Iraqis Army

It is a well known fact that we are at war, and there are many stories coming from that area of the world that are awful and even scary. Today, I would like to share with you some of the good news which is hidden in the bowels of deception. That means this is but one of the good news stories. There are many. For more good news on Iraq, Afghanistan, Europe, and the Middle East in general, please visit Mr. Chrenkoff.
First all-female IA basic training class graduates
26 July, 2005

They were the first, but if they have their way, they won’t be the last.

Spc. Erin Robicheaux
256th Brigade Combat Team PAO

CAMP JUSTICE, Iraq – They were the first, but if they have their way, they won’t be the last. Spc. Erin Robicheaux
256th Brigade Combat Team PAO

CAMP JUSTICE, Iraq – They were the first, but if they have their way, they won’t be the last.

On July 16, a group of determined and proud female Iraqis took a step in creating a new world for Iraq, and gave little girls across their country positive role models to look up to.

They became the first all-female class to graduate from the Iraqi Army basic training, coming from separate battalions of the 1st Iraqi Army Brigade.

The training, taught entirely by Iraqi instructors, consisted of weapons qualifications and physical fitness development. This was also a first, said Command Sgt. Maj. Hassan Abid Khadim, senior non-commissioned officer for the 1st Iraqi Army Brigade.
“In addition to being the first all-Iraqi staff, it is also the first time we (Iraqi leadership) trained Soldiers on our base,” he said. [read more]
These women will usally work in administrative fields, but on occasion will accompany the infantry as needed to search females. In Iraq, females search females as it is done here. No male is allowed to search a female there or here.

About 60-65% of females account for the population of Iraq. Their families, which include children, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and friends, were very proud of them. Everyone pitched in to help, because most of these women have children. Everyone is as proud of them as they are as proud to be there able to protect and serve their country. May their job be easier in the days and years to come.

Sources: BlackFive and DVIDS.

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