After two women passed Ranger School last month as part of an experiment, the Pentagon has permanently opened Ranger School to female soldiers, abandoning a planned review of the subject later this year.
Two female soldiers are in the running to become the first women to wear Ranger tabs. At his final press conference, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno reflected on the military's expanding role for women.
Of the 19 women who started Ranger School, a captain and a first lieutenant – both West Point graduates – remain. Make it through one more week of swamp training, and they will become the first women to wear a Ranger tab.
A senior officer who used his personal firearm to shoot back at the Chattanooga attacker is unlikely to face criminal charges. But what some see as a disconnect between a Pentagon investigation and what many call heroism points to the rapid shift on the ground at military installations.
Should this female major pass the swamp phase, she will join Capt. Kristen Griest and Capt. Shaye Haver as the first women to earn Ranger tabs. But it's still not clear if they will be allowed to serve in the Ranger Regiment.
US Air Force officials applauded the heroism of Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, as well as Spc. Alek Skarlatos and two others. Had it not been for the group, the officials said, things would have gone quite differently aboard the train last Friday.
Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, the first female soldiers ever to earn a Ranger tab, on Thursday discussed their experience at the notoriously tough school. Their male Ranger buddies spoke about how skepticism turned to admiration.
Local and government conservationists remove a rescued female orangutan who was found isolated in an palm oil plantation in Batang Serangan district, Langkat, North Sumatra province, Indonesia, on Tuesday.
In an age when much of aerial combat seems to involve pilotless drones, it may be difficult to comprehend the dangers of military flying. Vietnam tested many pilots, including Sen. John McCain and one Monitor reporter.