Third female will receive Ranger Tab after 180 days in course

Soldiers conduct mountaineering training on July 14 during the Ranger Course on Mount Yonah in Cleveland, Ga. (Photo: Staff Sgt. Scott Brooks/Army)

On October 16, 2015 the last remaining female soldier of the original group of 19 women who started Ranger School in April will receive a tab.

According to an Army press release, she will have spent 180 days in the grueling infantry leadership course by the time she graduates.  She will graduate with 87 other men who started the course at different times.

Ranger School, unlike many other Army schools, will allow a recruit to re-do a phase that he or she failed instead of booting them from the course.  Essentially, as long as an attendee does not quit or suffer from an injury they can remain in the course.  If an attendee does not fail a phase they will pass in 62 days.  33% of all Ranger School graduates are recycled, at least once, for failure to meet the standard.  The last female to graduate will have taken three times the standard length of time to graduate.

She is preceded by her two female classmates who graduated on August 21st.  Captain Kristen Griest and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver were the first women in history to have earned the coveted Ranger tab.

After their historic completion of the course and despite controversy, the Pentagon announced in September that all soldiers regardless of gender will be able to attend Ranger school.

All soldiers must be able to complete the Ranger Physical Assessment before being considered for the school.  The event consists of the push-up, sit-up, FIVE-mile run, and chin-ups. Regardless of age, the student will be tested in the 17 to 21 year old age bracket, and they must score 70 points per event. This means 49 push-ups, 59 sit-ups, 5 mile run in 40 minutes or less, and 6 chin-ups (with palms facing you), as a minimum, must be achieved.

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