Only the swamps of Florida stand between two female soldiers becoming
the first women to ever graduate from the Army’s famously difficult
The women have completed the school’s Mountain
Phase, and will move on to the third and final phase of training, Army
officials said Friday. It begins Sunday when they and 125 men who also
completed the Mountain Phase parachute into the Florida Panhandle and
start training at Eglin Air Force Base’s Camp James E. Rudder.
third woman who advanced to the Mountain Phase was “recycled” along with
60 men. That means they did not advance, but will be allowed to try the
course again and can still graduate later. All three women began the
Mountain Phase on July 11 alongside 156 male students who also were
attempting it for the first time, and 42 men who already were training
in the mountains, but failed to pass there the first time. The phase
includes 20 days of climbing, hiking, rappelling and patrolling in the
mountains of the Chattahoochee National Forest, mostly with minimal
sleep and little food.