WASHINGTON — The results of a first-time experiment to expose a group of women to training similar to Ranger School suggests some can meet the standards of the Army’s legendary course, which has barred female trainees for more than six decades.
Several dozen female volunteers completed training earlier this month similar to what Rangers would go through in their first week at the two-month school.
“I came away with the idea that there are women out there across the Army that can meet the standards in Ranger School,” said Col. David Fivecoat, commander of the airborne and Ranger training brigade at Fort Benning, Ga.
Opening Ranger School to female trainees would be a milestone in the Pentagon’s efforts to remove barriers to women in the military. A final decision on allowing women entry into the school is expected in January, the Army said. If allowed, the first class including women would then start in the spring.