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RALEIGH, N.C. — A Franklin County woman made history Wednesday, becoming the first woman from North Carolina to join the ranks of the formerly all-male U.S. Army Infantry, according to WTVD.

The path for Ashley Wedge, 21, was cleared in March, just months after Defense Secretary Ash Carter opened combat positions to women.

Although Wedge did acknowledge that this was an important part of history, she said she is not trying to make any kind of statement.

“I’m not doing it for women’s rights or anything,” Wedge told WTVD. “I’m doing it for me. This is my future, my career and it’s what I want to do.”

Lt. Colonel Ted Hudson said he believes the former University of North Carolina-Greensboro student will do well.

Wedge told WTVD that she decided to join the Army after completing two-and-a-half years of college.

Now, she hopes to rise in rank and focus on her new military career.

Wedge is scheduled to start basic training at Fort Benning in Georgia in January.