Soldier is first female to complete JOTC

| June 6, 2014 | 2 Comments
Spc. Tinita Taylor, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, helps pull security as her squad enters into an open area of terrain during the Jungle Operations Training Course. (Photo by 1st Lt. Grace Lu, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment Public Affairs, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.)

Spc. Tinita Taylor, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, helps pull security as her squad enters into an open area of terrain during the Jungle Operations Training Course. (Photo by 1st Lt. Grace Lu, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment Public Affairs, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.)

Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A female Soldier from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, became the first female to complete the Jungle Operations Training Course as an infantryman when she graduated from the course, Monday.

“I wanted to prove to the men that I can do what they can do,” said Spc. Tinita Taylor, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd BCT.

Completing the course was not an easy task for her. According to Taylor, the mental tasks were the hardest to overcome.

“I had to keep reminding myself ‘mind over matter’; my head and body had to work together to finish this,” said Taylor.

“My body held up, but telling myself I can do it is what I needed to do,” she continued.

The Caruthersville, Mo., native said she got her drive from wanting to be one of her childhood role models.

“By completing this course, I feel I am halfway to being that warrior

Taylor receives her Jungle Expert tab from Capt. Robert Conway, commander, Co. C, 2-27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, during the JOTC  graduation ceremony, Monday. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team  Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Taylor receives her Jungle Expert tab from Capt. Robert Conway, commander, Co. C, 2-27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, during the JOTC graduation ceremony, Monday. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team
Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

princess I want to be,” said Taylor.

Enduring the course opened Taylor’s eyes to what infantrymen do, and she found a new respect for them.

In the Army for just three years, this accomplishment really makes those around her see what she is able to accomplish in such a short time, none other than her first line supervisor.

“She is an outstanding go-getter, rising to the occasion every time she is needed to step up,” said Sgt. Wayne Murray, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd BCT.

Graduating from jungle school is just the beginning of what Taylor has in mind to add to her list of accomplishments. Next up is Air Assault, which she plans on attending later this year, and then it is on to Pre-Ranger and Ranger School.

“My goal is to be the first female Soldier to complete Ranger School,” said Taylor.

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  1. Tulinabo Ruviri says:

    I’m proud to have had the honor of training with her in our fire team. I saw her grow from jungle classes where it rained nearly all week and weeks to come. During those weeks of rain, sweat and mud, shower was unheard of for 3 consecutive 5 days. She progressed to battle drills and night live fire, and walked untold hours and miles and of mountain. As a matter of fact, I’m in the picture above maneuvering with her. We completed it because it was our job, but she did it because she volunteered for the jungle training.

  2. Dan Gilbert says:

    Congratulations to Spc Taylor for completing the course. She deserves everything she has earned. However, unfortunately the reporter of this article is not entirely correct. The 1st Bn 501st Infantry (Air Assault) – Bn Task Force (than assigned to the 1st Bde 101st Abn Diiv) attended the JOTC in Panama during early 1978. A female 1LT MI officer was part of the Infantry BN TF that attended and graduated from JOTC. I do not remember her name. At the time, I was the Battalion S4. The Lieutenant successfully performed all of the JOTC training which in those days was about a three week long course. She was the only woman in the Infantry Battalion Task Force and successuflly performed all the training with the approximately 550 men assigned to the Infantry Battalion. I suspect the Lieutenant was the first female soldier to attend and graduate from JOTC. However, I do not know for sure. It is possible that other female soldiers may have attended JOTC during the mid to late 1970s.

    LTC (r) Daniel J. Gilbert

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