• Spc. Tinita Taylor, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade
Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division receives her Jungle Expert tab from
Capt. Robert J. Conway, commander, C. Co., 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry
Regiment, 3rd BCT, 25th ID during a Jungle Operations Training Course
graduation ceremony, here, on  June 2, 2014.

    Spc. Tinita Taylpr tabbed jungle expert

    Spc. Tinita Taylor, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division receives her Jungle Expert tab from Capt. Robert J. Conway, commander, C. Co., 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 25th ID during a...

  • 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.

    Pulling security

    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.

  • Spc. Tinita Taylor, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade
Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division charges forward during the squad
movement exercise segment of Jungle Operations Training Course.

    Charging forward

    Spc. Tinita Taylor, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division charges forward during the squad movement exercise segment of Jungle Operations Training Course.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- A female Soldier from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, became the first female to complete the Jungle Operations Training Course as an infantryman when she graduated from the course, Monday.

"I wanted to prove to the men that I can do what they can do," said Spc. Tinita Taylor, a signal support systems specialist, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd BCT.

Completing the course was not an easy task for her. According to Taylor, the mental tasks were the hardest to overcome.

"I had to keep reminding myself 'mind over matter'; my head and body had to work together to finish this," said Taylor.

"My body held up, but telling myself I can do it is what I needed to do," she continued.
The Caruthersville, Mo., native said she got her drive from wanting to be one of her childhood role models.

"By completing this course, I feel I am halfway to being that warrior princess I want to be," said Taylor.
Enduring the course opened Taylor's eyes to what infantrymen do, and she found a new respect for them.

In the Army for just three years, this accomplishment really makes those around her see what she is able to accomplish in such a short time, none other than her first line supervisor.

"She is an outstanding go-getter, rising to the occasion every time she is needed to step up," said Sgt. Wayne Murray, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd BCT.

Graduating from jungle school is just the beginning of what Taylor has in mind to add to her list of accomplishments. Next up is Air Assault, which she plans on attending later this year, and then it is on to Pre-Ranger and Ranger School.

"My goal is to be the first female Soldier to complete Ranger School," said Taylor.

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