Female First for Sandhurst

A trio of Servicewomen became the first female officer cadets from their respective countries to pass out from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS). Chuki Wangmo from Bhutan, Firushana Thaufeeq from Maldives and Midya Masti from the Peshmerga Force of Kurdistan in Northern Iraq walked up the iconic steps of Old College at the end… Read More

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Who is Hikaru Saeki?

Introduction Hikaru Saeki (佐伯 光, Saeki Hikaru, 03 April 1943 to Present) is the first female admiral of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the first female in the entire Japan Self-Defence Forces (JSDF) to achieve star rank. Originally an obstetrician-gynaecologist with the degree of M.D., Saeki joined the JMSDF in 1989. After her… Read More

First UK Female to Lead at Two-Star Level

Introduction A senior Servicewoman has made Army history by becoming the first female to lead at two-star level (OF-7). Background Major General Sharon Nesmith has taken over as general officer commanding the Army Recruiting and Initial Training Command (ARITC) replacing Major General Chris Bell. The role will see her manage a workforce of some 6,000… Read More

Another British Army Female First

In July 2018, the British Army appointed its first female Provost Marshal. Brigadier Vivienne Buck will be the head of provost services including the Royal Military Police (RMP), Military Provost Staff (MPS), the Army’s custodial experts, and the Military Provost Guard Service (MPGS). Her appointment to this position was announced in August 2018 (Twitter, 2018).… Read More

Outlining Leadership Success Strategies of US Army Women General Officers

“ON 23 JULY 2008, Army Lieutenant General (LTG) Ann E. Dunwoody was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for promotion to the rank of general (four stars). This promotion is historically groundbreaking because Dunwoody is the first woman in the U.S. military to attain the rank of general.” (Doll, 2008, p.77). Reference Doll., Y. (2008) Leadership… Read More

The RAF’s First Ever Female Air Marshal

In February 2019, the Royal Air Force (RAF) announced it had appointed an engineer to become it first ever female Air Marshal, a three-star Commander (OF-8). Sue Gray has become the most senior female military officer in the British Armed Forces, taking up the role of Director General of the Defence Safety Authority (DSA). In… Read More