COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The army is opening its doors to female soldiers looking to attend ranger school.
The call-out is part of the army's ongoing effort to determine whether and how to open combat arms military occupational specialties to women.
Until now, the school has been open only to men.
The new opportunity is an assessment to decide if the army wants to open it up to female applicants in the future. We spoke to a local retired general on the controversial topic.
"But it really all boils down to standards. Can they meet the same standard that other rangers meet? You can't lower the standards for one group and then expect the ranger school to accomplish what it wants to accomplish because rangers get in pretty nasty situations," says Carmen Cavezza, a retired army general.
Those who apply must first meet physical requirements to attend ranger school. Senior army leaders are expected to decide in January 2015 if women will be allowed to continue to apply.