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Former Southern University student becomes first female to enlist as La. National Guard artillery soldier

Pvt. Journae Q. King takes the Oath of Enlistment as the first female automated tactical data systems specialist in the Louisiana National Guard at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Belle Chasse, La. (Source: La. National Guard) Pvt. Journae Q. King takes the Oath of Enlistment as the first female automated tactical data systems specialist in the Louisiana National Guard at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Belle Chasse, La. (Source: La. National Guard)
Pvt. Journae Q. King joined by her mother, Rhonda King, and recruiter, Staff Sgt. Robert Gregoire (Source: La. National Guard) Pvt. Journae Q. King joined by her mother, Rhonda King, and recruiter, Staff Sgt. Robert Gregoire (Source: La. National Guard)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) -

Private Journae Q. King made history on November 30 by becoming the first female to enlist as a field artillery automated tactical data systems specialist for the Louisiana National Guard. 

Just last week, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that all military jobs will be opened to women. 

The Army had already begun the process of integrating some jobs, including field artillery positions that were opened to women in October. 

King, who is 21-years-old, was attending Southern University when she decided to join the military. 

King says that her athletic background from playing high school basketball at East St. John High School will help her during basic combat training. She also feels her background has her mentally prepared to get through the difficult phases of basic training and advance individual training. 

"I like competition challenges, it is something that someone with a weak mind couldn't do," says King. "It's a life changing experience, serving your country."

After King completes training, she will operate communication systems, assist the preparation of computer centers, prepare field artillery tactical data systems and determine target locations using computers or manual calculations. 

King's recruiter, Staff Sargent Robert C. Gregorie, says opening jobs to women makes sense. 

"I see female soldiers successfully complete the tasks just as male soldiers during drill, so this is a shocker that now they are given an opportunity," says Gregorie. 

King says she can't wait to be one of the first females and make history.

King will join the LANG's historic 1st Battalion, 141st Field Artillery Regiment, also known as the Washington Artillery.    

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