(FORT STEWART, Ga.) — Fort Benning spokesman Bob Purtiman confirms to ABC News that Major Lisa Jaster has become the third woman to graduate from Ranger School. She will be one of 88 Rangers who graduate on Friday on a ceremony at Fort Stewart.
The 37 year old mother of two joins Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver 25, who both earned the Ranger tab on Aug. 21. Like some of her male colleagues Jaster has participated in do-overs of the phases of Ranger School.
The three women were among the 19 that began the course in April as part of a one-time opportunity to participate in the Army’s research to determine how women would be integrated into all units. Following Griest’s and Haver’s graduation, the Army announced that it would now open up Army Ranger School to female candidates.
The services have all provided their recommendations as to which combat jobs should remain excluded to women. Only the Marines made a recommendation to continue to exclude women from their combat infantry jobs, the other services and Special Operations Command recommended opening up all of their combat jobs to women.
The recommendations are currently being reviewed by the Joint Staff and will be forwarded to Defense Secretary Ash Carter who has until the end of the year to decide whether to agree to the exclusions or open up all combat jobs to women.
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