First Female Attempts 75th Ranger Regiment Selection

FORT BENNING, GA – The first female to attend the 75th Ranger Regiment’s Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP) 2 failed to meet the course standards, according to a U.S. Army official.

“The female soldier did not meet performance objectives required for assignment to the 75th Ranger Regiment,” stated U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt. “The female soldier has been afforded the opportunity to reapply for RASP 2 beginning December 2016.”

The Ranger candidate, identified as an Army Staff Sergeant, is the first and only female to attempt Ranger selection. She attended the June iteration of the course.

RASP 2 is a 21-day selection course for senior Non-Commissioned Officers in the rank of Staff Sergeant and above, including Officers and Warrant Officers. Candidates are tested on their physical and mental capabilities while learning the special tactics, techniques and procedures that set the Regiment apart, and learning the expectations of leading and developing young Rangers to be the Regimental leadership of tomorrow.

Earlier this year, two females graduated from the US Army’s Ranger School, a patrolling and leadership course that is not associated with the 75th Ranger Regiment, a special operations unit.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter ended the ban on women in direct combat roles in December 2015, which opened the doors for women to attempt special operations selection and assessment courses.

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