MONTPELIER, Vermont: The Vermont Army National Guard has become the first in the nation to recruit women into all combat units.
While the U.S. Army accepts women into combat units, the Vermont actions allow for the direct recruitment of women into combat units, for the first time in U.S. history.
"There is no doubt in my mind that the inclusion of women in our units makes us a more effective fighting force," Col. Brey Hopkins, commander, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, said in a statement. "We will make every effort to recruit women into all units and mentor them to contribute as the leaders of tomorrow."
In January, Vermont's National Guard authorized the 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry, 86th IBCT to become the first in the nation to recruit women.
"We want to make more women leaders," Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, of the Vermont Army National Guard, said, as quoted in the Burlington Free Press. "But I need more women to join."