Throw away all your stereotypes about women in the military and NFL cheerleaders. Megan Welter, an Iraq war veteran who was an Army platoon leader, is now a cheerleader for the Arizona Cardinals. Megan is breaking the mold. So how does a gal go from “protecting the front lines in the Iraq war to cheering from the sidelines on the NFL field?”
It all started with a passion for dancing that began when she was a toddler. Megan Welter danced competitively all the way through college. But after she graduated in 2007 she felt the need to have a job that was going to be meaningful to her. So she joined the army.
“When I first joined, I went to basic training and from there I went to officer candidate school, so I was commissioned a second Lieutenant at the end of April in 2007, and from there I became cable platoon leader and I deployed a month later from Henning to my unit to Iraq,” Megan told abc15 news.
After her service in Iraq, Megan returned to the U.S. She also returned to her passion for dancing and decided to try out for the Arizona Cardinals. She doubted that she could make it since she was now 28, a little older than many of the other NFL cheerleaders. But she pursued her dream and ultimately made the squad. She is currently on the reserves.