In this Oct. 12, 2016 photo, freshman student Sana Hamze poses in Northfield, Vt., during an interview about her time as a "rook," or first year student in the military college's Corps of Cadets. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)
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Despite being the first woman allowed to wear a Muslim headscarf beneath her military uniform at the nation's oldest private military college, Sana Hamze says she doesn't feel like a pioneer. Her focus is on learning details of life as a "rook" at Vermont's Norwich University, in the school's Corps of Cadets and not running afoul of the many rules and customs new students are required to master.As do all aspiring members of the corps, she's learned to walk at the side of the pathways, make square corners when turning, line up before eating and sleep when she is told. Norwich, one of the nation's six senior military colleges, agreed to make the accommodation.Hamze said that she has been subject to hostile stares and comments while wearing her hijab in public, but never at Norwich, where she is not the first Muslim to attend the school, or in Vermont.Norwich, located in the town of Northfield, about 16 kilometers south of the Vermont capital of Montpelier, is the nation's oldest private military college.
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