The Army Graduates Its First Female Infantry Soldiers In More Than 200 Years
Several women graduated from the Army’s first gender-integrated infantry basic training(Twitter)
Eighteen women have graduated infantry basic training for the Army’s 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia.
They are the Army’s first junior enlisted female infantrymen, after the Army lifted its ban on women serving in the infantry and armor branches.
First class of female infantry graduates at Fort Benning. Hats off to you, soldiers. pic.twitter.com/UKnowfqGeF
— Soldier Jane (@sgtjanedoe) May 20, 2017
In August 2015, two women became the first females to graduate from the Army’s prestigious Ranger School, also at Fort Benning.
Capt. Kristen Griest and then 1st Lt. Shaye Haver were two of the 19 women who qualified for Ranger School after starting the course. At the time, Ranger School was only open to men. It has since been to open to all soldiers who qualify to attend, male or female.