Fort Benning

Dozen women qualified for integrated Ranger Course at Fort Benning

With six more women meeting the requirements of a pre-Ranger course last month, the Army now has a dozen women as potential candidates for the first female integrated Ranger Course that begins on April 20, Fort Benning officials said today.

The six women were selected from 34 women taking part in the third of four assessments completed on March 19. Officials said 25 of 85 men also successfully completed the Ranger Training Assessment Course. Six women were already approved from the first two assessments.

Maj. William Woodard Jr., a company commander at the National Guard Warrior Training Center where the soldiers are trained, said the class reaffirmed that the RTAC is very tough just like the Ranger School. "The standards are the same during the gender-integrated RTAC iterations, and they won't change," he said.

During the assessment, the standards are the same for men and women and won't change for the Ranger Course Assessment later this month.

More than half of the soldiers who successfully complete the assessment go on to complete the Ranger Course. Senior military leaders have said female soldiers must complete the assessment course to attend the first integrated Ranger Course.

Since the RTAC started, five women qualified in January, one survived the second in February before the six last month.

The fourth and final pre-Ranger Course with male and female students starts Friday and ends on April 18.