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Ear to the Ground

Army Puts a Woman in Charge

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Posted on Sep 21, 2009
U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall

An Army drill sergeant watches over trainees as they make their beds and clean their barracks.

Women make up just 13 percent of the Army, but one of them now oversees the training of every single drill sergeant. That means she also oversees, by extension, the training of every single soldier.

Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa L. King will be the first woman to run an Army drill instructor school, and there’s only one since the Army consolidated all of its schools into one facility.

King is a trailblazer, but she’s no bra burner. She idolizes Patton, thought about dropping out of the military to spread the Gospel and thinks most women are not capable of frontline combat—although she tells The New York Times that women should be allowed to fight if they prove that they are.  —PS

New York Times:

Asked if women should be allowed into front-line combat units, she said yes, but only if they can meet the same standards as men.

While she believes she can meet those standards, she says that most [women] can not. As if to prove her point, she scored a perfect 300 on her semiannual physical training test last week, doing 34 push-ups and 66 situps, each in under two minutes, then ran two miles in 16 minutes 10 seconds (well below the required 17:36 for her age group.)

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By Little Nikki, January 27, 2010 at 8:12 am Link to this comment
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Bobby Spriggs Jr,

If you make it back to this comment list—

Thanks for giving us all a little insight into the article. All of us could use some of that—

And THANK YOU for your contribution to this country, always remember that you guys have tons of support and love of so many across the nation.

Sincerely,

Nikki

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By Bobby Spriggs Jr., January 26, 2010 at 7:17 pm Link to this comment
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I worked with Command Sgt.Maj. Teresa L. King. She is above any soldier I ever knew. Nobody even comes close to her. She is without question, the finest soldier in the entire U.S. Army. She is professional and an excellent trainer. I just wish that there were more like her. She brings honor and respect to the military, as well as to America. It was an honor to serve under such a great person. I wish her good health and well being as when she retires, she cannot be replaced.

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By P. T., September 25, 2009 at 8:17 pm Link to this comment

Try to pay attention.

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By Little Nikki, September 25, 2009 at 10:03 am Link to this comment
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By all means, educate me then.

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By P. T., September 25, 2009 at 9:55 am Link to this comment

” . . . it is a little fun to play with you . . . “


I am not here to play with you.  I am here to educate you.

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By Little Nikki, September 25, 2009 at 6:23 am Link to this comment
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Wow, P.T., like I said before I really hoped you would have something smarter to say….it is a little fun to play with you like a kid would play with food on his plate that he doesn’t want to eat though—-honestly dude, I’m glad we exchanged ideas on some level, it really put things into perspective for me. So thank you.

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By P. T., September 24, 2009 at 11:15 pm Link to this comment

“I think it is so funny when people don’t debate intelligently.”


Then you obviously find yourself funny.

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By Little Nikki, September 23, 2009 at 10:58 am Link to this comment
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I think it is so funny when people don’t debate intelligently.  You must be a small person P.T.

Or you are most likely a member of the armed services with a healthy hatred for women—- my fiancee served in Iraq and was a tanker in the front lines….he has never had that kind of mentality. That is the kind of attitude that gets people killed.  I hope you think of something smarter to say next time honey.

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By P. T., September 23, 2009 at 10:49 am Link to this comment

“Before anyone decides to rail on her for not running less than 7 minute per mile they should consider that she could still probably drag every one of you out of harm’s way in battle and THEN kick your asses.”


She couldn’t drag herself out of the way.

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By LIttle_Nikki, September 22, 2009 at 1:58 pm Link to this comment
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I am not in the military—- but does anyone think that it is a mental challenge just as much as a physical one to be a soldier/drill seargent?? She may be damn good at motivating trainess and getting them to be productive—- also, I highly doubt that making a woman the head of the entire drill seargent program was a decision based solely on physical prowess.  The military is just as political as politics.  Before anyone decides to rail on her for not running less than 7 minute per mile they should consider that she could still probably drag every one of you out of harm’s way in battle and THEN kick your asses.

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By VicD, September 22, 2009 at 6:36 am Link to this comment
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Stating that soldiers in training should not be able to out perform their instructors implies that the Drill Sergeants should be the fastest runners in the platoon - that would lead to 18 year old young men being in charge since many drill sergeants do not beat all trainees’ raw PT scores - although they may (and most likely do) score a higher aggregate score.
As for how many push ups one can do - I’ve been to war - never had to do push ups or sit ups to escape anything (except morning PT).  As for running - well the Army takes the running test in sneakers.  Again, in way, I don’t recall being able to change my foot ware.

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By P. T., September 22, 2009 at 12:08 am Link to this comment

” . . . ran two miles in 16 minutes 10 seconds (well below the required 17:36 for her age group.)”


I hope for the sake of their own lives the soldiers sent to the mountains of Afghanistan can do better than that.

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By Laugher, September 21, 2009 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment
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The head of all the drill Sargents can only do 34 pushups?  That’s fairly sad
And she runs an 8 minute mile?  Again that is a horrible time for the head of all the drill Sergents.

Soldiers in training should not be able to out perform their drill instructor

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By Marshall K, September 21, 2009 at 3:24 pm Link to this comment

You could put my ex wife in charge of drill sergeants.

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By NYCartist, September 21, 2009 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment

I am a feminist, and I must add that Margaret Thatcher is/was a woman,too.  Am not a fan of militarism.

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