US Army approves first female officers for ground combat

One of the first women to graduate from the US Army's Ranger School, Capt. Kristen Griest, salutes during her graduation ceremonyThe US Army said Friday it will commission 22 women as infantry and armor officers under historic new rules allowing females to serve in ground combat roles. Defense Secretary Ash Carter in December announced a sweeping directive to open all military occupations to women this year, including front-line combat roles. The 22 women have almost finished their officer training, but must still “conduct branch-specific initial training for several months at Fort Benning, Georgia,” the Army said in a statement.

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