22:24 GMT12 August 2020
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    All eight women in the first co-ed class of the U.S. Army Ranger School have failed to proceed to the second phase of the infantry program.

    Along with 101 men, these women will be recycled to take part once again in the Darby Phase of Ranger School. 115 other male students will move on to the Mountain Phase of Ranger School in Dahlonega, Ga., on Saturday, May 9, according to a Fort Benning press release.

    "I had the opportunity to visit the Ranger students yesterday and was impressed that whether going forward to the mountains or recycling the Darby phase they were motivated to continue training and focused on successfully completing the Ranger Course," said Maj. Gen. Scott Miller, Commanding General of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Benning. "They're a strong group of soldiers, who are working their way through the U.S. Army's most physically and mentally demanding course."

    Beforehand, the Eight women were among 16 female soldiers who completed the Ranger Assessment Phase, or RAP week.  This phase of the program involves day-and-night land navigation, obstacle courses, skill tests and a 12 mile road march while equipped with a rifle, fighting-load vest and rucksack weighing approximately 47 pounds.

    The male and female candidates being recycled through the Darby Phase won’t repeat RAP week, according to Benning officials. They will reinitiate the first phase on May 14 after the next class completes RAP week.

    In compliance with former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's January 2013 directive to open combat-roles for women that were previously reserved to men, Senior Army leaders have allowed women to take part in the U.S. Army Ranger School. 


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