US Army to open elite Ranger School to all Genders In another turning point for the United States, The US Army said Wednesday it would open its elite Ranger School to all soldiers regardless of gender, after two women made history last month by becoming the first to pass the grueling leadership course. “We must ensure that this training opportunity is available to all soldiers who 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,” Army Secretary John McHugh said in a statement.

In a program that began in April, 19 women and 381 men began the first Ranger course that included women at the Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Two women and 94 men graduated in August. The 62-day course, which teaches students “how to overcome fatigue, hunger, and stress to lead Soldiers during small unit combat operations,” includes training in woodlands, mountainous terrain and Florida swampland. FULL REPORT