UPDATE: The two female soldiers have been identified as Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, according to the Washington Post. See a picture of them below!
This Friday, August 21st, will be a monumental day in the history of the U.S. Army as two female soldiers will make history as the first women to complete the Army’s incredibly challenging and elite Ranger School.
The 4-month long training will come to a halt this Friday at the annual graduation ceremony that will see these two amazing women as well as 94 other men join this elite group. The training process is spread out over three extreme phases (Darby Phase, Mountain Phase & Swamp Phase) in 62 days where only the strong will survive.
To put in perspective how difficult this training is, Command Sgt. Major Curtis H. Arnold Jr. says, “Ranger school is the absolute toughest, most demanding course in the military. Not just in the Army, I think actually in the military.”
Currently, women can’t apply to join the 75th Ranger Regiment, an elite special operations force that the graduates typically apply for. With these two female soldiers expected to graduate this Friday, we assume that certain changes will be made, though the Pentagon likely won’t make any decisions until late this year.
After months of hard work and dedication, these two female soldiers have made history in a major way. They will be honored this Friday (August 21) during the graduation ceremony along with their 94 other male peers. Watch a recap video courtesy of ABC News above.