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First female commander of elite drill sergeant school relieved of duty

Feb. 1: Sargeant Major Teresa King discusses her background and how she has accomplished  historic success in the U.S. Army. King hopes her success will inspire other women in the military. 

A woman who made headlines when she became the first female commander of the Army’s elite drill sergeant school has been replaced, just days after she was reinstated to the post after a suspension, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King, who is black, was suspended for unexplained reasons some six months ago. She filed a legal complaint over that suspension, arguing it was a result of racism and sexism from other soldiers.

On May 4 it was announced that she was being reinstated. The Army said the accusations against her, which reportedly included that she abused her power, couldn’t be substantiated.


Her battle to stay on the job was chronicled in The New York Times last week.

But on Wednesday, the Army headquarters in charge of the drill sergeant school at Fort Jackson, S.C., said there would be a change in command, the AP reported.

King told the news service she will remain in the Army and fight for her reputation.

The Army named her successor as Command Sgt. Maj. Michael McCoy. 

Army spokesman Harvey Perritt told AP that it was determined to be "in the best interests of the Drill Sergeant School that she relinquish her duties as commandant this Thursday, May 17. This date reflects a normal tour length and is based on the arrival of the incoming commandant.”

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