- The Washington Times - Friday, September 2, 2016

The U.S. Army has confirmed that the first female to try out for the 75th Ranger Regiment has failed.

Military officials said Thursday that an unnamed non-commissioned officer attempted to joint the special operations force on June 16. The soldier was unable to complete Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 2 (RASP 2) in its entirety.

“The female soldier did not meet performance objectives required for assignment to the 75th Ranger Regiment,” said Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt, a spokesman for U.S. Army Special Operations Command (SOCOM), the Army Times reported. “The female soldier has been afforded the opportunity to reapply for RASP 2 beginning December 2016.”

Col. Bockhold said the woman is the only candidate to have attended either RASP 1 (a 21-day selection course for junior soldiers) or RASP 2, which applies to those with the rank of staff sergeant and above and all volunteering officers.

“The female soldier has been afforded the opportunity to reapply for RASP 2 beginning December 2016,” the officer said. The course is usually offered nine times per year.

The 75th Ranger Regiment is an elite group of light-infantry soldiers who are deployed around the globe. Its members specialize in day and night raids, often on short-notice combat deployments.

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