Leadership: June 28, 2003


For the first time women won both active duty and reserve titles as best drill sergeant of the year. The finals included 15 active duty drill sergeants and eight reservists. Drill sergeants specialize in training army troops, from basic up through advanced and continuing training. Only the most capable NCOs are selected for Drill Sergeant training and duty. The finalists in the competition for Drill Sergeant of the Year had to go up against the others in a physical fitness test, a surprise topic essay; an appearance before a board of five sergeants major; and a teaching demonstration of typical skills they would pass on to soldiers during training (anything from marching to using a particular weapon.) This took three days. Being a Drill Sergeant is a high stress job, and soldiers usually only spend a few years doing it. Female drill sergeants and combat instructors are not uncommon around the world. Israel has found that women make better instructors for tasks like operating a tank or small arms training.




Help Keep Us From Drying Up

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling.

Each month we count on your contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage.
Subscribe   Contribute   Close