“This course has proven that every Soldier, regardless of gender, can achieve his or her full potential,”

August 21, 20151 minute read

— Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, commenting on the most recent graduates of an Army Ranger course, which includes two women for the first time.

The recently completed phase of training is considered especially challenging physically, and typically, only two of every five men successfully finish the course. In April 19, women and 381 started the course; a total of 96 will graduate.

The Secretary of Defense will decide later this fall which roles the women will be able to perform with the Rangers. Read two differing opinions on the issue in a discussion on NPR.