Ranger School has been called the toughest combat course in the world. And by the end of it, nearly 75 percent of the soldiers who went in will have dropped out, due to fatigue, injury or failure. In April 2015, nineteen women and 380 men were pre-screened for the program. In August 2015, two women and 94 men completed the 62-day course.
As of August 21, 2015, these two women -- U.S. Army First Lieutenant Kirsten Griest (seen here at left participating in combatives training at Fort Benning, and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver (seen here at right taking part in Mountaineering training on Mount Yonah in Cleveland) -- are the first women to ever graduate from the daunting U.S. Army Ranger school.
They still can't serve in the 75th Ranger Regiment, but that reality may change soon. Their graduation has helped end questions about whether women can serve as combat leaders. Consequently, the Pentagon is poised to open new roles, including elite Navy SEALs, to women in the coming months.