Tinita Taylor Jungle Operations Training Course Army
Spc. Tinita Taylor, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division help pull security as her squad enters into an open area of terrain during the Jungle Operations Training Course (CREDIT: U.S. Army)

Spc. Tinita Taylor in June became the first woman to complete the U.S. Army’s Jungle Operations Training Course in Hawaii.

Taylor, from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, is a signal support systems specialist, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd BCT.

RELATED: First Female Soldier Completes Jungle Operations Training Course

The Army Times recently sat down with Taylor to discuss her experience in the course.

Q. How did you get through the 21-day course?

A. I had some great motivation. My first sergeant found me the second week, and I expressed to him, ‘I can’t do it.’

He looked at me and said, ‘You’re going to do it.’

Staff Sgt. [Josaiah] Milo, he was my squad leader. He saw potential in me … and he told the others, ‘Don’t worry about her gender, she’s a soldier.’

And one soldier out of the squad, Spc. Rivera , when I first got there, he was the only person who came up and shook my hand. The whole time we were there, he was my battle buddy.

Those three impacted me out there. Without them, I know I couldn’t probably have made it the whole 21 days.

See more of Taylor’s interview below, courtesy of the Army Times.

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