A US Army staff sergeant becomes the first female enlisted soldier to graduate from Ranger school, three years after the legendary school opened its doors to women, Newsweek reports.
Staff Sergeant Amanda F. Kelley, 29, received her Ranger tab in a graduation ceremony at the Hurley Hill Training Area at Fort Benning Friday morning.
The Easley, South Carolina resident will become the first enlisted female soldier to graduate from the small-unit tactics and leadership school, which is considered one of the premier military leadership training courses in the US military.
Established in 1952, the 62-day training course requires Ranger students to undergo grueling mental and physical challenges designed to teach them critical skills on how to engage enemy combatants in close combat.
Kelley is an electronic warfare technician with the 1st Armored Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Bliss, located in both New Mexico and Texas, according to Lt. Col. Crystal Boring, a spokeswoman with the 1st Armored Division.
“If you meet the standards, you can serve anywhere you want in the United States Army,” US Army Vice Chief of Staff General James C. McConville said at the 2018 Association of the United States Army Global Force Symposium in March. “Women are meeting the standards, and they are doing well.”