- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Specialist Tinita Taylor is the U.S. Army’s first female to complete the Jungle Operations Training Course as an infantryman — and now she has her sights set on Ranger School.

“I wanted to prove to the men that I can do what they can do,” said the soldier from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, the U.S. Army reported June 6. She completed the course June 2.

The soldier told Army reporters that the hardest part about completing the course was staying mentally focused at all times.


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“I had to keep reminding myself ‘mind over matter’; my head and body had to work together to finish this,” she said. “By completing this course, I feel I am halfway to being that warrior princess I want to be,” she added.

The soldier, who has only been enlisted for three years, now has her sights set on Air Assault School and Ranger School, the Army reported.

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