Capt. Lauran Glover: US Army Drill Team's first female commander

Lauren Warner
January 30, 2019 - 2:50 pm

Courtesy of The Old Guard, 3d US INF REG

Being a female in the military is not an easy job, but women like Lauran Glover make it just a little easier for those who follow behind them. In November of 2014, then-1st Lieutenant Lauran Glover was selected as the first female drill commander of the U.S. Army Drill Team (USADT), a specialty platoon within 4th Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard. 

Courtesy of The Old Guard, 3d INF REG

Glover, a graduate of Officer Candidate School, was first assigned to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, then came to The Old Guard as a platoon leader for the 289th Military Police (M.P.) Company.

For over 66 years, the U.S. Army Drill Team (USADT) has showcased the U.S. Army's discipline and talent through a series of routines involving bayonet-tipped 1903 Springfield rifles. They serve as ambassadors for the U.S. Army, traveling across the country to perform at sporting events, schools, and parades. 

Initially, Glover ruled out any chance of leading the USADT as she didn't fit the typical mold of a Drill Team Commander-- that is, a male infantry officer. 

“When I joined the Army, I had no idea the Army even had a drill team,” said Glover. “After I saw one of their performances, I knew I wanted to be part of that team and their legacy.”

Courtesy of The Old Guard, 3d US INF REG

Responsible for traveling performances with the USADT, including Twilight Tattoo and Spirit of America, both live-action military pageants that feature soldiers from The Old Guard and the U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own," Glover says she is grateful for the opportunities and the support that she had in her time at The Old Guard. 

“I have great leaders at here, and their experience and guidance has helped mold me to be the commander of the drill team,” said Glover. “It shows that if you work hard it doesn’t matter your race or gender.”

“I am honored and proud for this opportunity to represent the Army, women and my country,” said Glover.

Inspired by women who she served alongside as well as those who served before her -- including her mother, a 28-year Air Force veteran -- Glover said she is happy that more women in the military are stepping up to take on roles traditionally filled by men.

“I hope I do inspire other women and Soldiers just as I was inspired by my mother, who also served in the military,” said Glover. “If you want to be or do something, it is all up to that individual.”

Courtesy of University of Findlay

In an interview with the Pentagram, Glover said she is proud to walk in the steps of those African-American women who served their country against all the odds and recalled a time when an older African-American woman hugged her and whispered in her ear, “this is why we sat on those buses.”

“I’m assuming she was sharing her experience during the Civil Rights Movement,” said Glover. “All I could do was thank her. Without her and others like her, there would be no me.”

When asked if she had any advice for young women considering a chance to serve she shared this:

“The military is not easy, but serving is worth it,” she said. “You’ll grow as a person, and what you do will matter. Being in the Army has been the hardest thing I’ve done in my life—but it’s also the most rewarding.”

Since her time as the USADT Commander, Glover has begun a doctoral program in clinical psychology through the American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, D.C. She said that helping service members has been her goal since joining the Army-- hoping to live the military experience before pursuing her long-term goal of becoming a psychologist who works with military personnel and their families. 

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