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Major-General Ronke Kale was trained as a medical doctor before she enlisted in the Nigerian army. She began her career in the army as a psychiatrist and quickly rose through the ranks and became a colonel in 1990.
She attended the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS SEC12), Kuru, Plateau state. After graduation, she returned to the military Hospital in Edo, Benin State and resumed as the commanding officer.
She was later moved to Lagos State to serve as the Deputy Commandant of the Nigerian Army Medical Corps, Ojo, where she was promoted to the rank of a Brigadier General, making her the first Nigerian woman to become a Brigadier General.
She was able to move through the ranks to reach the rank of Major-General in 1994, when she became the Commandant of the Nigerian Army Medical Corps and School (NAMCS). She retained the position till 1996, after which she retired honorably from the military service.