Two Women Make Military History
The Washington Post reports that women are set to graduate from the Army’s Ranger school for the first time in military history. Get it girls!
The two women who remain unnamed will receive the sought-after Ranger tab along with the rest of their graduating class during a ceremony in Fort Benning, Georgia. “This course has proven that every soldier, regardless of gender, can achieve his or her full potential,” Army Secretary John McHugh said in an announcement. “We owe soldiers the opportunity to serve successfully in any position where they are qualified and capable, and we continue to look for ways to select, train, and retain the best Soldiers to meet our nation’s needs.”
Fox New reports that the Ranger school process takes 62 days overall, and covers all types of terrain. Ranger students have to complete 49 push-ups, 59 sit-ups, and run five miles in 40 minutes, and while also batteling in mock combat missions on little food and sleep. Seventeen women and hundreds of men have been tested to their limits and have failed to make the cut.
The two strong women are both in their 20s and are both graduates of West Point. They are also the first women to graduate from the Military University since the school began in 1950.
They might be unstoppable, but the hardworking ladies still can’t apply to join the 75th Ranger Regiment, or the more selective Special Operations unit due to them being only male. This however has the potential to change if the Pentagon opens up all combat units to women, which could happen next year, according to ABC News.
Take a look at what the two women had to endure below: