Women’s Excellence and Grit in Army ROTC

By: Tyrese Lane | Contributor

The opportunity for women to join the military forces brings a new generation of empowering women. Just a century ago, women weren’t allowed to go beyond the role of laundresses, cooks, support staff, or spies. 

Today, women like Brooklynne Gallimore, an Exercise Science Pre-Professional student at South, inspire many women that plan to go into the military and become a high ranking officer in the United States Army. 

Gallimore has participated in multiple roles in the ROTC by being on the Ranger Challenge Team, Scabbard and Blade, and Color Guard. This put her at the top of the Order of Merit List and at the top of her class which consists of mostly males. Her skills attained and various leadership scenarios showcase why she will be a great 2nd Lieutenant in the Army.

The Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) is the largest source for recruiting officers in the armed services. An article from A New Generation of Women states, “ROTC provides 60 percent of all military officers and 75 percent of Army officers.”

Women’s military participation is essential to achieving full equality with men as their service is a core institution in the United States. Women could realize the full rights and responsibilities of citizenship if allowed to participate in the ROTC. For Gallimore, she takes this up as a challenge and cements her performance as both a team player and leader. 

Gallimore provided instructional guidance to younger cadets. Photos by Tyrese Lane 

Gallimore received an Active-Duty assignment as well as her first branch choice: Military Police. Her hard work and perseverance have gotten her to this path, in addition to high acclaim and awards.  

“My goal is to help others and know that I will make a difference in many lives. It helps drive me to be the best I can be in life and within the program,” Gallimore stated.

Gallimore continued to break barriers by being the only Distinguished Graduate in her class. This award is very prestigious having, her rank in the top 20 percent of Army ROTC graduates nationwide. Time and time again, she showed selfless service by volunteering at either recruiting events or mentor/mentee days, which betters the Jaguar Battalion in the future. 

She continues to be a role model to many of the women in the program by informing them about Order of Merit List, Army Branches, and Fitness Tips. Gallimore’s focus coming into the program was making a difference, but as an officer.

“I decided not to enlist because I wanted to serve my country and get a degree. I want to make a difference in the world one day, and this is one step to accomplishing that,” Gallimore said.

One of her close peers in the MS4 class admires her leadership growth. Cadet Greyson McLain has known her since freshman year. Going into the program together, McLain noticed her natural leadership and its growth as time went on.

“A particular moment that I saw was her position as Executive Officer (XO) in this role; she helped assist Company Commander Cadet Joshua Godsey with any essential tasks in ROTC,” Greyson said.

Gallimore participates in many activities outside of ROTC that, in return, strengthen her aspects there. She has a routine of leading a CrossFit class at the University of South Alabama Rec Center. Doing an array of workouts ranging from deadlifts, weighted snatches, sprints, and pullups. Ultimately, she does this to prepare for the Army Combat Fitness Test, which shares the similarity of a CrossFit workout. 

With much success, one should recognize the obstacles that came with it. For Gallimore, her obstacle was perseverance through Ranger Challenge. Being the only woman to try out, she showed the cadre how she could be an asset to the team. She said, “That although sexism in the military is often a hot topic, gender plays a minimal role in the US Army ROTC experience.” 

Brooklynne Gallimore continuously shows her perseverance and grit as a leader in Army ROTC. Whether it’s from being a role model to younger cadets, selfless service at events, or strengthening her physical fitness Gallimore has shown to be a true asset both as a leader and team member to the Jaguar Battalion.