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One woman's story: Overcoming gender discrimination in the Army

 

Last updated 3/15/2022 at 3:35pm

U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Traquez Coe

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christina Vega, a military police officer assigned to 127th Military Police Company, 759th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, poses for a photo March 3 at the Military Police Office, Fort Carson. Despite her experience with gender discrimination at the U.S. Drill Sergeant Academy, Vega persevered and became one of the first female infantry drill sergeants.

FORT CARSON – When Sgt. 1st Class Christina Vega first joined the U.S. Army, she said sexual harassment was one of the biggest challenges she faced.

The first incident happened shortly after she enlisted.

"When I went to Korea for my first deployment, my first team leader gave me my initial counseling," she said. "He asked me if I was married, if I had kids and if I was in a relationship. I thought he was asking to get to know me more, but afterward, he said I would probably leave here pregnant or married."

When Vega got out of the counseling session, she asked a male battle buddy station...



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