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Military Progress for Females Is Plentiful Thanks To Major General Gale Pollock

Maj. Gen. Gale Pollock of the U.S. Army proudly served her country for 36 years as one of the top female officers in military history. Pollock praised the military’s trailblazing attitude toward women in uniform by saying, “There are unlimited opportunities for people, regardless of gender.” The key remains that people must work hard to achieve success, no matter what rank or post, according to Public Radio International.

(left) Maj. Gen. Gale Pollock and (right) Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees and Maj. Gen. Julie A. Bentz / via LinkedIn and the Oregon Military Department

Hard Work

Pollock achieved her high rank in a manner similar to many other military enlistees. She worked hard, moving from rank to rank, and took advantage of opportunities when they presented themselves. Pollock enrolled in the highly regarded Airborne School and obtained the coveted Expert Field Medical Badge. Her final and highest duty station was acting as the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army. Before that, she headed the Army Nurse Corps. Pollock blazed a path for women by demonstrating that hard work and dedication pay off in the end, especially in a merit-based structure, such as the U.S. Military.


No Wage Gap

The military’s infrastructure does not differentiate between pay for men and women. The rank attained results in the same pay as other people with equivalent ranks across all five service branches. In the private sector, women make 78 cents for every dollar a man makes at the same job, a disparity noted with respect to equal rights for all Americans.

Gen. Ann Dunwoody with Rear Adm. Liz Young and Air Force Maj. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski / via the U.S. Army

Another Pathfinder

Pollock inspired another to follow her path. Command Sgt. Maj. Michele Jones became the first woman chosen as the top non-commissioned officer in the Army Reserve in September 2003. The person in this position oversees all of the army’s enlisted personnel, including the drill sergeants responsible for creating soldiers. Jones, much like Pollock, did not shy away from difficult and demanding duty stations.


Men and women alike should follow in the footsteps of these devoted service members. These examples show that when someone becomes motivated to work hard, that dedication, commitment, and desire deserves proper compensation and rewards to go along with the skill set. If the military accepts women as equals, why should civilian life be any different?

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