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Officials: US Army Ranger School officially open to women

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FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) — U.S. Army Ranger School is now officially open to women.

Fort Benning spokesman Bob Purtiman tells The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer  the Army is running an integrated Ranger course, which began Monday at Camp Rogers on Fort Benning.

The Army isn’t saying how many women students are in the current class.

Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade Commander David Fivecoat says they’re ready to train whoever shows up and meets the standards.

Army Soldiers participate in the Darby Queen obstacle course as part of their training at the Ranger Course on Ft. Benning Ga., June 28, 2015

Army Soldiers participate in the Darby Queen obstacle course as part of their training at the Ranger Course on Ft. Benning Ga., June 28, 2015

The decision to open the course to women was announced by the Army in early September after the first two women involved in a gender-integration pilot program earned their Ranger tabs.

In August, Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver became the first women to earn the tab. A third woman, Maj. Lisa Jaster, finished the course last month.