Two of three women are in the last steps of becoming Army rangers and are currently training alongside nearly 125 men.

Of 19 women who signed up for Ranger School, only two conquered the Benning Phase, the 18-day Mountain Phase and began their Swamp Phase, their final paper of sorts, on Sunday, according to Military.com. The Swamp Phase is 17 days of “extended platoon-level operations” in mucky Valparaiso, Florida.

The phase consists of two jumps for airborne qualified personnel; four days of waterborne operations training to include small boat movements and stream crossings; a 10-day field training exercise with student-led patrols; and two administrative days where the students are counseled on their performance during the phase.

The third woman along with 60 men are “recycling” the Mountain Phase again on August 8.

If the trio pass the Swamp Phase, they will graduate from the Army Ranger program on August 21 at Fort Benning, Georgia, where the first co-ed course was held in April.


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