Women in Military
Orders from the Pentagon prompted military officials to open thousands of jobs to women in units that would be closer to front lines. The order would break down barriers that have restricted the military positions women can take. Women at the University of Florida's Joint Service Pass-in-Review ceremony say its an honor to serve.
Three hundred men and women represented three ROTC programs at UF's campus.
"The Air Force, Army and Navy-Marine Corps," said Lieutenant Lloyd Forbis instructor of Naval Science at UF.
The three hundred men and women in uniform were there to also recognize the top graduating seniors.
"This year the awardee has demonstrated superior leadership service and academic excellence at the University of Florida ROTC," said the announcer.
The ceremony included Senior Air Force Cadet Colonel Jenicia McFadden.
"It is an honor as you saw today there was a general out here today and don't get to see too many distinguished guest out here today," McFadden told TV 20.
She was awarded the Air Force Cadet of the year.
"That is an honor to be chosen out of the many cadets we have to receive this award," McFadden said.
Military officials are now opening more jobs to women that would allow them to serve closer to front lines. McFadden said she's grateful women are now getting a shot to perform the same duties as men. McFadden's goal is simple, to protect her country.
"It hasn't always been that way, it's nice that the Air Force has evolved the way that it has," McFadden said.
McFadden plan is to immediately join the Air Force after she graduates in May.
Some military officials argue the changes aren't coming fast enough. They argue the new orders reflect what's going on for the past 10 years. If law makers take no action within 30 days the orders will take effect.
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