WASHINGTON (AP) — Capping their history-making week, the first female soldiers to complete the Army's rigorous Ranger School are graduating, putting a spotlight on the debate over opening all combat roles to women.
First Lt. Shaye Haver of Copperas Cove, Texas, and Capt. Kristen Griest of Orange, Connecticut, are pinning on the black-and-gold Ranger tab at a graduation ceremony Friday, along with 94 male soldiers, at Fort Benning, Georgia. They finished the nine-week training program on Monday.
Their success points up the obstacles that remain to women who aspire to join certain all-male combat units, including the 75th Ranger Regiment. Although Haver and Griest are Ranger-qualified, they are not eligible to join the Ranger regiment, although officials say it is among special operation units likely to be opened to women.