Army Ranger School Will Officially Let Women Soldiers Attend For First Time

All's fair in love, war and Ranger School (almost).

All men and women were created equal, and now women will get that same respect should they want to attend an Army school. 

The Army's Ranger School officially opened its doors to women who wish to attend, the school announced on Wednesday. According to USA Today, the decision came after women were allowed into the previously male-only school in April to assess their skills.

Two female rangers, Capt. Kristen Griest, 26, and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, 25, graduated from the Fort Benning, Ga.-based program mid-August, proving that women do have what it takes. 

Griest is a military police officer and Haver a helicopter pilot. 


Specifically, the Army announced that "qualified personnel will be able to attend all future classes" of Ranger School "regardless of gender."

While the Army Times reports that only one prerequisite will be removed for future classes of women to enter the school — specially the now-optional preliminary 17-day Ranger Training and Assessment Course (RTAC) required of the first class of 19 women — the decision to allow women to partake in the infantry, special operations and armor groups is still under assessment. 

A decision isn't expected until the end of the year, but until then, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley announced in a statement that he stands behind the choice to let both genders into the Ranger School. 

"Giving every qualified soldier the opportunity to attend the Ranger Course, the Army's premier small-unit leadership school, ensures we are maintaining our combat readiness today, tomorrow and for future generations," he said.

The Navy and Marines, which are the most male-dominated of the military branches, have not made any announcements to open up any jobs on their end to women, USA Today reports.


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