2 Women Pass Army’s Ranger School

150420-a-iy570-043An historical moment at Camp James E. Rudder on Elgin Air Force Base in Florida this week: two women completed the grueling Army Ranger training program, making them the first female graduates of Army’s Ranger School.  According to the Times-Union, the 62-day Ranger School includes three phases and tests a soldier’s ability to overcome fatigue, hunger and stress during combat operations.

“Each Ranger School graduate has shown the physical and mental toughness to successfully lead organizations at any level,” Army Secretary John McHugh said in a statement. “This course has proven that every soldier, regardless of gender, can achieve his or her full potential.  We owe soldiers the opportunity to serve successfully in any position where they are qualified and capable.”

While completing the course lets the two women wear the coveted Ranger Tabs on their uniforms, it does not let them become members of the Ranger Regiment.  CNN is reporting that unlike the male graduates, the two women can’t apply to join the 75th Ranger Regiment, an elite operations force.  The Pentagon will make a final decision about what combat roles women will be allowed to fill later this year.

Until then, it is time to celebrate the success of these two (yet unnamed) female soldiers! A graduation ceremony will be held Friday at Fort Benning in Georgia.

 

 

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