Meet The Army’s First Female Graduates Of Ranger School

Photos by Spec. Nikayla Shodeen and Pfc. Ebony Banks

On Aug. 21, Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver will become the first two women to graduate from the Army’s elite Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia. The two female soldiers will graduate alongside 94 male counterparts, and are among a group of 20 women who qualified to attend the first gender-integrated Ranger School, which began on April 20.

For more than 120 days, Haver and Griest gut it out, overcoming exhausting hikes, brutal weather, sleepless nights, and simulated combat designed to test their reaction time and composure under fire.

Griest, a military police officer from Orange, Connecticut, and Haver, an Apache helicopter pilot from Copperas Cove, Texas are both graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

The Army has not released the names of either women, but The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and Columbus Ledger-Enquirer in Georgia were able to identify them after observing the training several times this year.

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