The lift of the Pentagon ban prohibiting women from taking combat positions means hundreds of thousands of front-line jobs will open to women. Capt. Elizabeth Arrington however thinks the ban hasn't imposed on her career, “Despite the path the Army has kind of chosen for me, I’ve still had a say in it and I’ve still chosen to do things that are fulfilling and interesting to me.”
Arrington has reached a level in her career that many others, men and women, have not. Currently in her fifth year of serving in the Army, she is now in the Sapper engineering career course in Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. Arrington has deployed to Afghanistan three times, the first time as a platoon leader and the other two times to engage the local populace.
Like many other women deployed in the past decade, Arrington found herself in combat situations even though her title wasn’t a “combat role.” Part of Arrington’s duties during her first deployment was to supply a large US base near the Pakistan border. “Our mission wasn’t to conduct offensive operations,” Arrington said, “but we do come in contact with the enemy.”
After completing the engineering career course, Arrington will be deployed again.