COPY-Apache pilot among 1st Army women to graduate Ranger School

By RUSS BYNUM
Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – One of the first women to complete the Army's grueling Ranger School is a 25-year-old officer who flies Apache helicopters.

The father of 1st Lt. Shaye Haver of Copperas Cove, Texas, confirmed Wednesday that she is one of two female soldiers scheduled to graduate Friday from Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia. The two-month course tests soldiers' ability to overcome fatigue, hunger and stress during combat operations.

Chris Haver called his daughter's accomplishment “just amazing” and said, “I'm super proud.”

The Army hasn't released the women's names.

The Army allowed them to enroll in the Ranger course as part of a push to open more combat jobs to women. Completing the course allows them to wear the Ranger tab, but it doesn't let them become members of the Ranger regiment.

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