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Female soldiers become the first to become Army Rangers

Fox 54 has learned the names of the two female soldiers making history as the first to become Army Rangers. The Washington Post identifies the two soldiers as 1st Lieutenant Kristen Griest and Captain Shaye Haver.

The women, along with 94 men, passed the final phase of Ranger School, known as the dreaded "Swamp Phase" this week and are set to graduate Friday at Fort Benning. They started the notoriously tough ranger test back in April along with 17 other women.

The candidates tackled obstacle courses, scaled mountains and crossed chest deep rivers with fully loaded packs, among other challenging tasks. The 62-day course is so challenging only 40 percent of male students pass each year. "It's history. We're always evolving. The Army is number one in making history," says Ranger training observer Sgt. First Class, Rachel Lester.

For now, the women are still not allowed to serve as rangers. The Secretary of Defense has until early next year to decide if that will change.

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