Two women have endured hunger, fatigue, sleepless nights and gruelling physical tasks designed for men to become the first females to ever qualify to graduate as elite infantry in the USA.
The women, whose names were not released, were two of 19 to be allowed to attempt to complete the Ranger School training program on a trial basis, CNN reported.
“This course has proven that every Soldier, regardless of gender, can achieve his or her full potential,” Secretary of the Army John M McHugh said in a statement.
But the two females who graduate on Saturday will reportedly not be allowed to join the 75th Ranger Regiment — the whole point of completing Ranger School.
The training course was open to women, but the special forces unit was not.
It was unclear what combat role the two graduates would take.