First woman becomes Army Green Beret

The elite military organization has been open to accepting women into its ranks since 2015

U.S. Army Special Forces in Arlington, VA
U.S. Army Special Forces in Arlington, VA
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Updated: July 10, 2020 - 10:05am

A female soldier has for the first time graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course to become a Green Beret. 

Army officials confirmed that the woman graduated on Thursday alongside classmates at Fort Bragg, in North Carolina.

The new Green Beret's identity was kept a secret due to the nature of the unique missions she will be assigned post-graduation. According to reports, she is a solider with the National Guard.

The course, known as the "Q Course," lasts from one to two years and includes training in small-unit tactics, weapons, explosives and language.

“From here, you will go forward and join the storied formation of the Green Berets where you will do what you are training to do – challenge assumptions, break down barriers, smash through stereotypes, innovate and achieve the impossible,” Lt. Gen. Fran Beaudette said at the graduation ceremony.

Beaudette is the commanding general of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. 

Since 2015, the Pentagon has opened all combat jobs to woman. 

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