Great story about Ann Dunwoody who is the first four-star general in US Army history. She has just released her memoir. The article below is based on an interview from PRI’s The Takeaway.
Today, women make up nearly 15 percent of America’s active duty force and serve in 95 percent of all military positions — front-line combat spots for women are also coming. But none of them have reached higher than Ann Dunwoody, the first four-star general in US Army history.
Dunwoody says that she wasn’t initially committed to the military — she joined because the Army offered her $500 per month during her senior year of college for a two-year commitment. She was also enticed by the prospect that’d she would get to jump out of an airplane.
“I joined the WAC [Women’s Army Corps] in 1975,” says Dunwoody, who recently released a memoir titled “A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America’s First Female Four-Star General.” “Shortly after that, they disbanded the Women’s Army Corps and began this integration of women into the regular Army. My first assignment as part of this integration … was to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, as a platoon leader with Sergeant First Class Wendell Bowen.”