From the battlefields of the American Revolutionary to now in our current conflicts all over the nation; women have been serving in the military in one form or another for more than 200 years.
Two women from the U. S. Army Parachute Team reflect on their experiences and hopes for future women jumpers during this year’s Women’s History Month.
The USAPT, also nicknamed the Golden Knights, began its mission in 1959 as the premiere skydiving demonstration team for the Army.
Master Sgt. Jen Davidson (PU), a demonstrator on the Gold Demonstration team and a world-record skydiving champion, began her military career at 17 years old.
“I joined the reserves (Army Reserves) because I wanted to have the college experience…after I graduated, I reclassed, deployed and then came to try out for the team,” said Davidson.
Since the Army’s inception in…