Two Female Soldiers will Graduate from Ranger School
Two female soldiers will graduate from the army's physically demanding Ranger School this week, which is a dramatic breakthrough for expanding the role of women in the military. But it won't lift the ban on women in front line combat.
The military services have until the end of the year to submit plans for opening all jobs to women. The services can request waivers but would need to extensively document why women should not serve in specific fields.
The two women who will graduate Friday at Fort Benning in Georgia will get to wear the coveted Ranger tab, a mark of distinction throughout the army, but they will not be able to serve in the Ranger regiment because of the ground combat ban.
The Army has not released the names of the two women or the 165 men who will graduate in the class. Here's more from USA Today.