Sgt. Danielle Farber, a medical instructor at the 166th Regiment Regional Training Institute at Fort Indiantown Gap, displays her Ranger tab. (U.S. Army/Brad Rhen)

When asked what Army Ranger School was like, Sgt. Danielle Farber wasn't going to beat around the bush: "It sucks."

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"The Bouncing Bettys" -- (left to right) U.S. Air Force Staff. Sgt. Ana L. Merkel, Staff Sgt. Catharyn M. Clyde, Staff Sgt. Nicole D. Jarvis, Senior Airman Audrey M. Naputi, Airman 1st Class Ashlyn B Martin, and Airman Erin N. Brumm pose for a photo at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Jan. 7, 2020. (U.S. Air Force/ Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever)

An all-women team of airmen crushed an aircraft ground crew contest at Aviano Air Base on Tuesday, and they did it in Greatest Generation style.

The "Bouncing Bettys," the first all-female team to compete in Aviano's Rapid Aircraft Generation and Employment (RAGE) competition, rocked navy blue coveralls and red polka dot bandanas in an ode to the legendary Rosie the Riveter.

"The team members wanted to represent the women that paved the way and were here before them during World War I and II, The Woman Ordnance workers," wrote Airman 1st Class Ericka Woolever, a photographer with the 31st Fighter Wing who documented the competition.

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Brie Larson and the U.S. Air Force Academy (U.S. Air Force/Marvel Studios)

Editor's Note: This article by Oriana Pawlyk originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

When the Brie Larsen blockbuster Captain Marvel rolled out earlier this year, the Air Force launched an all-out recruiting effort, hoping to capitalize on the story of female fighter pilot-turned superhero Carol Danvers.

The Air Force placed pre-show ads in more than 3,600 theaters nationwide, bought space at geek hubs such as Fandom.com, and hosted its own press events with Larsen, as well as a red-carpet screening in Washington, D.C.

From at least one perspective, the Air Force effort to hitch its wagon to Captain Marvel's star was an unreserved success.

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Outgoing Special Boat Team Cmdr. Gary Ryals departs official change of command ceremonies via a simulated hot extraction in a simulated hot extraction utilizing Special Operations Craft Riverine. The ceremony, held on Sept. 7, 2018, celebrated the change of command between Cmdr. Ryals and incoming Cmdr. Kurt J. Muhler. (U.S. Navy/Angela Fry)

Editor's Note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

One of the Navy's smallest and most elite communities may soon have its first female members, Military.com has learned.

Three enlisted women are now in the training pipeline to become special warfare combatant-craft crewmen, small-boat operators frequently teamed with Navy SEALs for infiltration and exfiltration missions. They also conduct reconnaissance and other missions in shallow-water regions.

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U.S. Army Sgt. Danielle Farber (left) and Staff Sgt. Jessica Smiley (right) graduate U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia, Dec. 13, 2019. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Brian Calhoun)

In yet another first, two female National Guard soldiers have graduated from the U.S. Army Ranger School.

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Marines of India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion on the day before their graduation at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego on August 8, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Zachary Beatty)

Editor's Note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

Marine Corps senior leaders have begun to express cautious openness to the idea of making the service's boot camps fully co-ed. But if Congress has its way, the service may be pushed toward full integration sooner than expected.

The final conference version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act includes a provision that would require the service to integrate both its East Coast and West Coast entry-level training facilities within the next eight years.

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