N.C. woman becomes first female sworn in for once all-male U.S. Army Infantry
RALEIGH, N.C. (WLOS) - A North Carolina woman is making history.
Ashley Wedge, 21, is the first woman in the state to sign up for a combat job, in the formerly all-male U.S. Army Infantry.
After two-and-a-half years at UNC Greensboro, Wedge decided she wanted to go in a different direction.
She was sworn into the U.S. Army Wednesday.
She will specifically train to be in the infantry, a job that until just recently was open only to men.
Though she acknowledged being part of history, she said she's not trying to make a statement.
"I always, you know, think of equality. You know, there should always be equality in my mind. In terms of this situation, it's just a coincidence that all this is happening," Wedge said. "It could be intimidating and I won't know how I will react until I get into that situation. But at the same time that's what they're going to be here for. They're going to train me and get me prepared and I'm willing to lay my life down next to them."
"We're very happy to be able to give her that opportunity," said Lt. Colonel Ted Hudson.
As for men like him in the Army, well, he thinks they will accept the new role of women.
"We are able to adapt," Hudson said. "So, I do think that we will be effective in implementing what the secretary of defense has laid out in front of us."
Wedge is on a delayed entry program and will head off to basic training at Fort Benning in Georgia in January.