Two female soldiers are set to be the first to graduate from the Army’s Ranger School this week — an extraordinary feat!
Both women ‘recycled’ through the program after washing out on prior attempts. Male candidates also recycle through the program on a discretionary basis.
Both female candidates are West Point graduates and will become the first women to complete the course. The two women’s names have not been released by the Army or the Pentagon. However, neither woman will be eligible to join the Army’s Ranger Battalion.
About 45 percent of Ranger School students will graduate from the course on average. Ranger School is the Army’s top combat leadership course. It teaches students how to overcome fatigue, hunger, and stress to lead soldiers in small-unit combat operations.
The current class of Ranger School started with 381 men and 19 women. Of those, 94 men and 2 women will be graduating this week.
“This course has proven that every Soldier, regardless of gender, can achieve his or her full potential,” Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh said in a statement.
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H/T – CNN