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As a graduate of Ranger School and someone who has spent a fair amount of time leading infantrymen in combat, I find it heartening that the Army appears willing to entertain the notion of allowing women to attempt Ranger School through a one-time assessment early next year, so long as they can meet the same physical standards and prerequisites as their male counterparts. This announcement was made on Friday, Sept. 12, as part of the Army’s effort to assess how and when to open up combat arms military occupational specialties to women. A final decision will not be made until January about whether to move ahead with the assessment.

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