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Army’s Elite Unit Gets Its First Female Ranger


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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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The elite U.S. Army 75th Ranger Regiment has selected a female non-commissioned officer, the first of any U.S. special operations unit.

No special operations units in the Marine Corps, the Navy or Air Force include female personnel. These units also do not have females in their training pipelines.

The Pentagon officially lifted the ban on women in combat in 2013. Each military branch reacted differently to the change in terms of its regulations on which combat schools would be open to women.

The new female Ranger reportedly finished the second phase of her training in December. Her training program consisted of a three-week course designed for senior staff NCOs and officers. The Army does not want to identify her, to continue within the precedent of not revealing the identity of special operators.

The first two women to graduate from Ranger school did so in August 2015, marking another first in Army history. Graduating from Ranger school guarantees a soldier the distinction of being able to wear a Ranger tab on their uniform.

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