In mountains, women take step closer to earning Ranger tab
CLEVELAND, Ga. -- The woman stood at the front of the formation Tuesday morning, toting a 50-pound rucksack and holding an M4 rifle.

In front of her was Mount Yonah. Behind her were about 50 soldiers of Charlie Company. The mission was to march up a trail 1.8 miles long and more than 1,000 feet in elevation.

About 45 minutes later, the soldiers, breathing heavily and sweating under their loads, emerged from the woods, found a road and finished the march.

Still near the front of that line was the same female soldier.

She is one of three women -- all West Point graduates -- trying to become the first females to earn the U.S. Army Ranger tab. They have moved to the Ranger School mountain phase, arguably the most difficult piece of the most difficult training the Army offers.
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