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First two women pass U.S. Army Ranger School, still barred from Ranger Regiment.
A female Ranger student holds a position with her team during an exercise on Aug. 4 at Camp James E. Rudder on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Two women are set to graduate on Friday from the Army’s Ranger School, bringing women a step closer to being able to serve in all combat positions.
A female Ranger student holds a position with her team during an exercise on Aug. 4 at Camp James E. Rudder on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Two women are set to graduate on Friday from the Army’s Ranger School, bringing women a step closer to being able to serve in all combat positions. PHOTO: NICK TOMECEK/ASSOCIATED PRESS
The two women who graduated 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.
Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver passed the Army’s notoriously difficult Ranger School and impressed male classmates left in their dust. During road marches, the two earned their distinction as teammates by helping carry heavy weapons when others were too fatigued to lift another ounce.

At a news conference Friday, the women stopped short of saying they earned a place in combat units by finishing the notoriously grueling two-month Ranger course — something only about 3 percent of Army soldiers accomplish. But Griest said she hopes the achievement at least carries some weight in the final decisions.
The two women who finished the Ranger course were among 19 female soldiers who enrolled in it this year, when the program first opened to women. A third woman is further back in the training but remains in the course.

U.S. Army Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, the first two women in history to graduate from Ranger School discussed the milestone and challenges at a press conference in Fort Benning, Georgia. Photo: AP

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