Women have been part of Army ROTC, the Reserve Officer Training Corps, since 1976 and now constitute 20 percent of cadets, according to the U.S. Army’s website.
At Westminster College, the percentage of women is much higher, according to Kristen Hansmann, a member of the Army ROTC program who attends classes at the University of Utah.
“The University of Utah and Westminster’s Army ROTC program is truly diverse,” Hansmann said. “I would say we have about 40 percent females in our program, which is very uncommon compared to other ROTC programs.”
The Forum spoke with ROTC member Alex Martin, a junior studying neuroscience for pre-med, who said she joined the ROTC at the end of her first year of college because she could no longer afford school. Martin spoke about the gender division in the ROTC and how the program is different for female students at Westminster.