Two women just graduated as Army Rangers for the first time. They aren't allowed to serve.

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The Army's elite Ranger Training School is touting that it will graduate the first women to make it through the brutal 62-day course on Friday.


It's less vocal on the fact that the graduates will not actually be allowed to serve as Army Rangers.

Despite the two candidates making it through a course where 60 percent of the students who fail don't make it past the third day, women still are not allowed to serve in the 75th Ranger Regiment.


Previous Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta began the process of opening combat roles in the military to women in 2013. Some roles have since opened, but the final decision still lies with current Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

The graduates, whose identities were not released, were the only ones to make it out of 19 women in this year's Ranger Training School's cohort.

The grueling course involves heavy physical training in the woodlands, mountains and swamp, during which candidates get between zero to four hours of sleep each night.

Hopefully, Secretary Carter takes their accomplishments to heart. The graduates obviously have earned the right to serve in the regiment.


Also, it's probably not a good idea to make someone who survived that kind of training mad.

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