First female soldiers graduate from Ranger School
Published 9:36 am Friday, August 21, 2015
FORT BENNING, Ga. — Capping their history-making week, the first female soldiers to complete the Army’s rigorous Ranger School are graduating Friday, putting a spotlight on the debate over opening all combat roles to women.
First Lt. Shaye Haver of Copperas Cove, Texas, and Capt. Kristen Griest of Orange, Connecticut, are pinning on the black-and-gold Ranger tab at a graduation ceremony, along with 94 male soldiers, at Fort Benning, Georgia. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called the women Thursday to congratulate them for finishing the nine-week training program.
Their success casts new attention on the obstacles that remain to women who aspire to join all-male combat units, including the 75th Ranger Regiment. Although Haver and Griest are now Ranger-qualified, no women are eligible for the elite regiment.