Calls have been made for the Army to review its ranking system, following on from steps both the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy (RN) have made towards more inclusive language in recent years. Some army ranks/roles have no female or gender-neutral alternative, such as Guardsman, Kingsman and Craftsman. Last year, the RAF dropped… Read More
Who is Sarah Oakley?
Introduction Captain Sarah Ellen Oakley (born February 1973) is a British Royal Navy officer, currently serving as Commanding officer of the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. In the Iraq War, Oakley worked in oil platform protection. Her first command was HMS Mersey, on fisheries protection duties, her second HMS Clyde, based in the Falkland Islands.… Read More
Who was Mary Greyeyes?
Introduction Mary Greyeyes Reid (14 November 1920 to 31 March 2011) was a Canadian World War II servicewoman. A Cree from the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, she was the first First Nations woman to enlist in the Canadian Armed Forces. After joining the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC) in 1942, she became the… Read More
Who was Anna Mae Hays?
Introduction Brigadier General Anna Mae Violet Hays (née McCabe; 16 February 1920 to 07 January 2018) was an American military officer who served as the 13th chief of the United States Army Nurse Corps. She was the first woman in the United States Armed Forces to be promoted to a General Officer rank; in 1970,… Read More
Who was Elizabeth P. Hoisington?
Introduction Elizabeth Paschel Hoisington (03 November 1918 to 21 August 2007) was a United States Army officer who was one of the first two women to attain the rank of brigadier general. Early Life Born in Newton, Kansas, on 03 November 1918, Elizabeth Hoisington was a 1940 graduate of the College of Notre Dame of… Read More
Who was Haritina Korotkevich?
Introduction Haritina Evstafievna Korotkevich (Russian: Харити́на Евста́фьевна Коротке́вич, also romanised as Charitina Korotkiewicz and Haritena Korotkiewich; née Verkhozina; 17 October 1882 to 16 October 1904) was a soldier who served in the Imperial Russian Army during the Russo-Japanese War. Volunteering to serve disguised as a man under the pseudonym Khariton Korotkevich (Russian: Харитон Короткевич), she… Read More
Who was Marjorie Fletcher?
Introduction Commandant Marjorie Fletcher CBE (1932-2008), who served as Director of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) between 1986-1988. Career Marjorie Fletcher was born on 21 September 1932. In her youth, she attended Avondale High School and Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls. After leaving school she became a solicitor’s clerk, and joined the Women’s… Read More
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