An estimated 1,700 female cadets will be commissioned as officers in the U.S. Army next spring through ROTC, according to Maj. Gen. Robert E. Wagner, commander of the U.S. Army Cadet Command. They join 12,000 other women who have earned their gold bars through ROTC since the first 150 were commissioned in 1976.

Women attending Advanced Camp will complete the last step toward their commissions alongside their male counterparts at Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Lewis, Wash.; and Fort Riley, Kan., through six weeks of intense leadership training.For the past five years, approximately 20 percent of ROTC's cadets have been women, attracted to the program because of college scholarship benefits, career training, travel and the opportunity for adventure.