Army's 75th Ranger Regiment Recruits First Female Officer

The U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment just recruited its first female officer. She was the first soldier to complete the army's three-week rigorous selection process into the elite group. The name of the new recruit is not being revealed at this time.

"The identity, career fields and backgrounds of our Rangers are not provided in accordance with our current security policy," Army Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt said. "It's not based solely on them being female. We protect all of our special operations forces."

In August, First Lt. Kristen Griest and Capt. Shave Haver became the first two women to complete Army Ranger training, The New York Times reports.

The bare minimum requirements include a score of 240 on the army physical fitness test (with six chin-ups), a five-mile run in 40 minutes or less, a 12-mile ruck march in three hours or less sporting a 35-pound pack, completion of the Ranger Swim Ability Evaluation, a full psychological screening, and a Commander's Board screening, according to the Army Times.

Previously, only one other woman has tried to complete the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP) last June and failed.

The passing officer will be commissioned to begin in the spring.

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