First sisters to become Army generals say it was ‘not a game of chance. It is hard work.’

One sister had wanted to be a soldier since she was young; the other planned to have a career in the Foreign Service. Both marked a milestone for the U.S. Army this summer: Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett and Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi are believed to be the first pair of sisters to become generals, the military branch’s highest category of rank.

‘The fact that both of us would have come from the same family, it almost makes you want to go out and get a lottery ticket,’ Barrett told The Washington Post. ‘Except, this is not a game of chance. It is hard work, it is strong leadership skills, it’s strong technical competency. Then you realize that this is a very tough bar in and of itself for both of us to make it.’

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2 Women Are First Ever Sisters To Become Army Generals

(CNN) ‘ The US Army has plenty of famous examples of generals who were brothers. But sisters? Now that’s another story.

Because women sometimes change their last names after marriage, the Army would have had to look at every single woman general, as well as their siblings, to compare names and determine if they were sisters.

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‘But since there haven’t been that many women generals, it’s a safe bet that they’re the first,’ the spokesperson said.

The military didn’t start accepting women into its ranks until the Army Nursing Corps was established in 1901.

2 Women Make History as First Sisters to Become U.S. Army Generals

Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett poses with Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi during then Col. Lodi’s promotion ceremony at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virgina on July 12, 2019. (Credit: U.S. Army via CNN)

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Maj. Gen. Barrett is the Commanding General of NETCOM. She graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and was commissioned through the Army ROTC program as a Second Lieutenant in 1988.

Her younger sister, Brig. Gen. Lodi, was promoted in July and is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the Office of the Surgeon General. She is a Distinguished Honor Graduate of the Naval War College and has master’s degrees in public administration, military arts and science, and national security and strategic studies.

Making history: 2 women are the first sisters to become US Army generals

(FOX 13) – For the first time in the US Army’s 244 year history, two sisters have attained the rank of general.

Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett and her younger sister, Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi, grew up in a military family. Their father, Ruston Lodi, served in World War II and received the Silver Star.

Both have impressive resumes: Maj. Gen. Barrett is the Commanding General of NETCOM, while Brig. Gen. Lodi is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the Office of the Surgeon General, USA Today reports.

Sisters become first-ever sister generals in the Army

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) ‘ Two sisters are making history by becoming what the U.S. Army believes to be the first-ever pair of sister generals.

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The sisters grew up just outside of Boston and are close enough in age that they played soccer together on the same high school team.

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An Army spokesperson said Brigadier General Lodi has two daughters in the Army, suggesting perhaps they will become generals as well someday.

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