Wisconsin teen ranks as youngest to enlist
A 17-year-old Green Bay girl has made history in the U.S. Army. Dalia Delvillor has become the youngest woman to enlist in a battalion-level combat arms support job.
Six support jobs have only been open to females since May - and the Army News Service says Delvillor is only the second woman to apply, as well as the youngest. The change in defense policy allowed women to take just over 14,000 military positions in all. Delvillor will be a rocket system crew member. Among other things, she'll transport missiles, and load them onto her delivery vehicles.
Delvillor said she has wanted to join the Army for years. A counselor at the Military Entrance Processing Center in Milwaukee recommended the post to her - and she's excited about it.
Delvillor says she's nervous because she'll be the only female in the job - but she knows she can handle it. Recruiting Captain Seth Miller agrees, and says she has a level head for her age.
Delvillor graduated in May from Green Bay Preble High School. She'll report to Fort Sill in Oklahoma in January for basic training. She hopes to spend 20 years in the Army - a long enough time to build up a military pension.