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Wisconsin National Guard enlists its first female infantry soldier

Posted: 11:33 AM, May 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-01 12:34:44-04
Wisconsin National Guard enlists its first female infantry soldier

MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin National Guard has made history, after it enlisted its first female infantry soldier.

According to the release, Pvt. Emily Buchholtz, a Platteville high school student, faced the U.S. flag and raised her hand to swear an oath to “defend the Constitution of the United States” at an April 19 ceremony in Milwaukee.

“I like the thrill of it,” Buchholtz said when asked why she selected the infantry. “I like the challenge, I like having to work hard for anything I do.”

The next step for Buchholtz is completing basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, this summer.

“I like the thrill of it. I like the challenge, I like having to work hard for anything I do.” — Pvt. Emily Buchholtz

Once she completes basic training, she will be allowed to wear the infantry's blue cord over her right shoulder.

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