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

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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 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

Royal Navy Selects First Female Admiral

“For the first time in the centuries-long history of the Royal Navy, a woman officer will be appointed to the rank of admiral.” (Royal Navy, 2021). Commodore Jude Terry, who has served her nation and Navy for nearly a quarter of a century, has been selected for promotion to rear admiral – making her the… Read More

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

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