The last remaining female out of a group of 19 women that started Ranger School in April has completed the course, the Army announced Monday.
Maj. Lisa Jaster, 37, an engineer and a mother of two, became the third female to ever complete Ranger School since the Army opened up the program to women this year. She will graduate Friday along with 87 men, The Washington Post reports. (RELATED: Ranger School Is Opening Its Doors To All Female Soldiers)
Jaster follows Capt. Kristen Griest, 26, and 1st. Lt. Shaye Haver, 25, who both completed the course in August. Jaster needed 180 days to complete the 61-day course, which is within the allowed time limit. (RELATED: Congressman: Did Women Get Special Treatment At Ranger School)
The course is divided into three phases. All three women had to “recycle” the initial phase, meaning they had to retake it, while Jaster had to recycle all three before she successfully completed the program. More than 250 of the 400 soldiers that started the course dropped out along the way.
Terron Sims II, a former Army captain who attended West Point with Jaster, was impressed with her achievement, especially considering her age.
“I just think it’s phenomenal for her to do this at that age,” said Terron Sims II said, according to The Post. “Forget gender. Her willingness to sacrifice at that age is just phenomenal and speaks a lot about her.”
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