First National Guard women graduate Ranger school

Sgt. Danielle Farber, Pennsylvania National Guard, Staff Sgt. Jessica Smiley, South Carolina National Guard, graduate U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia, Dec. 13, 2019. (Sgt. Brian Calhoun/Army)

The Army National Guard has reached a new milestone after two female Guardsmen recently graduated from the US Army Ranger School.

Staff Sergeant Jessica Smiley of the South Carolina Army National Guard and Sergeant Danielle Faber of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard reportedly graduated on December 13, after attending the grueling leadership school.

“My mindset going into this was to leave 100 percent on the table and never have a regret or look back and say, ‘I should have pushed harder or I should have done something different,’” Smiley said. “My mindset today is that I did just that. I gave 100 percent. I did everything that I could, and now here I am.”

According to the Army Times, the two women are part of a very small pool of female Soldiers who have been able to complete Ranger School and earn their coveted Ranger tab.

“There’s many women out there who are completely capable of doing it,” said Smiley. “Do it. … Put in the hard work, put in the dedication to accomplish the goal.”

Farber had begun training for the school three years ago, and was not selected until 2018.

“Train hard for it,” said Farber. “Come into it knowing you’re going to be doing things that every other male that comes through here has to do. Don’t come through here and expect any sort of special treatment because it won’t happen.”

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