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Five female soldiers took historic first steps by completing the Ranger Assessment Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, last month.

In January, the Army announced it had planned to conduct an integrated assessment at the Ranger School in April. This assessment will help to determine whether and how to allow women to have combat arms jobs in the Army.

Nineteen percent (5 of 26) of the women who participated in the course on Jan. 30 completed it. The women who complete Ranger School in April will earn a certificate and will be allowed to wear the Ranger tab. However, they will not be allowed to serve as Rangers. Women are currently prohibited from serving in direct combat, but the assessment is considered a giant leap forward for female soldiers.

“This first iteration of an integrated RTAC has provided significant lessons learned as we conduct a deliberate and professional way forward to the integrated assessment in April,” said Maj. Gen. Scott Miller, commanding general of Maneuver Center and Excellence, Fort Benning, in a statement.