Sgt. 1st Class Janina Simmons became the first female African-American soldier to complete the U.S. Army Ranger School course.
Rangers are “the best-trained soliders in the world” and they are conditioned to engage in close combat and direct-fire battles. There is a high level of failure in the grueling three-phase program. According to Army Times, about 34 percent of Ranger candidates repeat at least one part of the course.
“I’m excited. It’s surreal,” Simmons told Connecting Vets about making history. “I’m humbled to be here … 62 days of training and I made it the first time through.”
She posted on her Facebook page about the achievement, writing, “I guess I made history today!! I am so humbled and blessed!!! I will share pictures and stories and flood the timeline but for now I just want the next few days to eat and SLEEP!! thanks so much for the support and love everyone! it’s so appreciated!!! ??????#RLTW #ByGodsgrace “