Graduates of the Ranger School training program are some of the toughest and most physically fit soldiers in US Army, and can go on into the 75th Ranger Regiment, an elite special operations force.

The notoriously challenging Ranger School welcomed women for the first time this year, following President Barack Obama's 2013 request that the Pentagon order all branches of
the armed forces to open up ground combat roles to women by 2016.
"Congratulations to all of our new Rangers. Each Ranger School graduate has shown the physical and mental toughness to successfully lead organizations at any level," Secretary of
the Army John McHugh said.

"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 added.
The intense program is divided into various phases that test soldiers' physical and mental toughness, some phases of which have to be repeated to pass. Over half of candidates are weeded out in the first four days of punishing marches, navigation drills and physical fitness tests.
In all, students train some 20 hours per day, most of which is field instruction, with just over three hours set aside for sleep, the US Army association reports.
The progress of the two women has been closely monitored by the military community, where women in combat is still a divisive issue.


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