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Several women begin 9-week Ranger course Monday

Potential male and female Ranger Course students complete obstacles during the Ranger Training Assessment Course March. 14, 2015 at Camp Butler at Fort Benning. (U.S. Army photo by Markeith Horace/Released) Potential male and female Ranger Course students complete obstacles during the Ranger Training Assessment Course March. 14, 2015 at Camp Butler at Fort Benning. (U.S. Army photo by Markeith Horace/Released)

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - More than a dozen female soldiers are preparing for some intense training at Fort Benning on Monday.

Twenty women and 400 of their male counterparts begin a nine-week Ranger Course on Monday morning.

As of Monday afternoon, 78 men and three women did not qualify this morning; an additional women did not proceed due to personal reasons. 

The women qualified by completing a two-week Ranger Training Assessment Course earlier this month. The gender-integrated training was approved by the Army secretary.

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