- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Ash Carter says he has personally congratulated the two female soldiers who this week became the first women to complete the rigorous Army Ranger School.

At a Pentagon news conference, he called the women trailblazers who showed their capabilities by finishing what Carter called the Ranger “proving ground.”

Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver this week became the first female soldiers to complete Ranger School, and they will graduate at a ceremony Friday at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Being Ranger-qualified is a career-enhancing accomplishment, but the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment is not open to women. That could change. Carter is due to decide in coming months whether to approve any recommended exceptions to a policy of opening all military positions to women.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide