Sandhurst Appoints First Female Company Sergeant Major

Posted on February 7, 2019

Thirty-six-year-old Kelly Caswell-Treen is a Warrant Officer Class 2 and has been in the Army for 16 years. The combat medic will take up her post in the summer. She has previously served on operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I think there is still a time and place for that [stereotypical angry, male Sergeant Major] depending on the situation,” said WO2 Caswell-Treen when discussing how women soldiers are perceived within the Army. However, she also believes that with the training and leadership style offered by the Army equality in terms of skill level is possible: “We have every tool in our toolbox to perform well whichever the circumstances. It is great that we [the Army] have lowered those [gender] boundaries that once were there,” she remarks while also praising the British Army for being an “equal opportunities employer. If you have the capability and standard to perform at the required level, I don’t think there should be a barrier.”

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