U.S. Army Reserve



Moving History Forward

Women have served the United States Army since 1775. They nursed the ill and wounded, laundered and mended clothing, and cooked for the troops in camp on campaign; services that did not exist among the uniformed personnel within the Army until the 20th century. Women were an invaluable and essential part of the Army as they are today.

Women continue to have a crucial role in current operations and their selfless sacrifices continue to break through gender barriers. "Valor knows no gender," President Barack Obama stated in a statement on lifting the ban on women in combat. In 2013, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta signed a document to lift the Defense Department's ban on women in direct ground combat roles. This historical decision overturned a 1994 Pentagon rule that restricts women from artillery, armor, infantry, and other combat roles and military occupational specialties. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter directed the full integration of women in the Armed Forces following a thirty-day review period required by Congress, Dec. 3, 2015. This allows all military occupational specialties to be open to women as long as they qualify and meet the standards.


Reserve officer becomes third female to earn Ranger tab »

By David Ruderman, U.S. Army Human Resources Command Public Affairs Office

FORT KNOX, Kentucky (Oct. 19, 2015) - When Maj. Lisa Jaster graduated the grueling Ranger course on Fort Benning, Georgia, Friday, she was touted as the third female Soldier ever to master the traditionally rigorous training endured by all who wear the Ranger tab with pride.

Army reveals plan to fully integrate women into all MOSs, combat units »

By Spc. Nikayla Shodeen
Army News Service

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Feb. 2, 2016) -- Acting Army Secretary Patrick Murphy and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley told lawmakers the Army is opening the door to every job a Soldier can hold regardless of gender.

Female troops take the lead in the US Army Reserve-Puerto Rico »

By Story by Maj. Carlos Cuebas

1st Mission Support Command

CAMP SANTIAGO JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER- First Lt. Ayesha Jimenez and 1st Sgt. Virgen Rodriguez, from the 271st Human Resources Company, U.S. Army Reserve-Puerto Rico, reflected about the role of female Soldiers in today’s Army during a short interview at the Camp Santiago Joint Maneuver Training Site, March 5.


First Army Reserve female 12Bs set to graduate

Pvt. Jennifer Sandoval, Company D, 31st Engineer Battalion, stands in formation as her unit prepares for Family Day. Sandoval is one of the first two Army Reserve female 12Bs set to graduate Jan. 15 from Fort Leonard Wood, after which she will return to her home unit of 386th Engineer Company, Las Vegas, Nevada. 12B is the military occupational specialty identifier for combat engineers, a field that until 2015 was not open to women. Combat engineers perform construction and demolition tasks during combat or during combat conditions. (Army photo/Dawn Arden) 

The first Guamanian female general officer in the Armed Forces

Pinellas Park, FL - U.S. Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Tracy L. Smith, right, is the newest medical service corps (MSC) brigadier general and the first Guamanian female general officer in the Armed Forces. The promotion ceremony was held at the C.W. Bill Young Armed Forces Reserve Center in Pinellas Park, Fla., Jan. 24, 2016. Smith graduated from the University of Guam and earned a master’s degree from Troy University in Alabama as well as the Army War College. She served in Hawaii, Georgia, New York and Washington; has received numerous awards and badges for service and medical merit. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Tracy McKithern/Released)