On Friday, 127 students qualified for the final stage of Army Ranger training — including two women, the first to ever advance to this stage of the elite special operations course.
Of the 19 women who began the first gender-integrated Ranger course on April 2, three remain. Two will enter the last portion of Ranger school, the swamp phase, on Aug. 2. The third was “recycled,” or earned the right to re-try, the second portion, the mountain phase. Instructors recycled 60 men as well, which according to the Army is standard procedure for students who excel in most areas of the course but struggle at one particular element.