Lt. Kristen Griest and Capt. Shaye Haver will be the first ever women to graduate from the Army's Ranger School

Two female soldiers are making history by being the first women to graduate from the Army’s Ranger School. Lt. Kristen Griest and Capt. Shaye Haver will at Fort Benning, Georgia, on Friday, the Washington Post reported.

The school started out with 380 men and 19 women. After the grueling three-phases of training, the numbers quickly dwindled.

Class started on April 20th with a pre-test as an indicator as the tough times to come. Before they are even able to begin the course, all soldiers are required to do 49 push-ups in two minutes, 59 sit-ups in two minutes, and complete a five-mile run in 40 minutes.

On Aug. 17, the Fort Benning office announced that 94 men and 2 women had passed the final Swamp Phase in Florida and would graduate on Aug. 21.

Army Secretary John McHugh congratulated the graduating class in a statement saying, “Each Ranger School graduate has shown the physical and mental toughness to successfully lead organizations at any level. 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, and we continue to look for ways to select, train, and retain the best Soldiers to meet our nation’s needs,” McHugh said. 

-Saher K: OTG Team

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