Story and Photos by: COL (R) Marc A Garcia
Liberty City Miami, FL – Private Jestiny McBride, a former Army JROTC Cadet and 2023 Miami Northwestern Senior High School graduate, didn’t realize she made history this month. That is when the Northwestern “Bull”, proved she had what it takes to serve in the U.S. Army Infantry and graduated from Basic Training and 11B Infantry Advanced Individual Training (AIT), becoming the first female in Northwestern school’s history and possibly in Miami Dade County Public Schools’ history.
Her decision makes her a pioneer for Bull Nation. Although the centuries ban on women serving in the Infantry of the Army only ended in 2016, females still make up less than 2% of combat arms forces, according to the U.S. Army News Service.
“…I think her JCLC and JROTC Raider experiences had a huge impact on her decision to go Combat Arms,” said Colonel Garcia.
Mcbride commented, “My only regret is not being in JROTC for the entire 4 years of High School, I could have enlisted as a PFC.”
Private McBride returned to her Alma Mater on Thursday, December 14, 2023, on Holiday Leave to share with students her experiences before she departs for her new Duty Station at Fort Campbell. KY home of the 18th Airborne Corps, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).