Here is something interesting, the first female commandant of the US Army’s Drill Sergeant School has been suspended pending an investigation that the Army has not disclosed the subject. However, here is what I found most interesting from the Stars & Stripes article announcing her suspension:
King, 50, was appointed as the commandant of the drill sergeant school at Fort Jackson, S.C., in 2009 to the accompaniment of wide media attention. The daughter of a sharecropper who rose through the Army’s enlisted ranks, King had earned a reputation among her troops for stern discipline and an iron-fisted attention to detail.
A 2009 New York Times story on her appointment depicted her yelling at a soldier who dared to walk on a Fort Jackson lawn.
“Are you crazy,” she reportedly demanded. “Get off my grass!”
King told the Times in 2009 that she hadn’t been given a leg up for the Fort Jackson job because she is a woman, but said that as head of the school, she intended to promote more gender equity among drill sergeants.
“When I look in the mirror, I don’t see a female,” King said. “I see a soldier.” [Stars & Stripes]
So CSM King says she wasn’t given a leg up for the CSM job because she was a woman but wants to promote gender equity? If she believes the Army didn’t give her preferential treatment for the CSM job since she is a woman isn’t that what she should have wanted? Here is that NY Times article and what I found even more interesting about it is that she was selected for the position despite never deploying to a combat zone despite being in the Army 29 years. If you want to join the rumor mill on what she is being accused of This Ain’t Hell is the place to go.