Five female soldiers out of 26 passed the Ranger Assessment Training Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, on Jan. 30, which is a first in the history of the program. The assessment is the first step for soldiers wishing to attend the Army’s storied Ranger School, which is conducting a one-time gender assessment in April as the service considers integrating female soldiers into combat arms. Female soldiers who make it through Army Ranger School will not be permitted to join the 75th Ranger Regiment, though they will wear the coveted Army Ranger tab — and have some serious bragging rights among fellow soldiers, male and female.
The female applicants had a one in five pass rate, compared to the male soldiers who had a 55% pass rate. However, given the expectation held by some that women are not physically or mentally fit for Ranger School, a 19% passing rate is a strong indicator that this perception is soon to be dispelled. According to Army Times, historical data shows that more than half of the soldiers who complete the Ranger Assessment Training Course go on to complete Ranger School.