Utah woman could be one of the first female U.S. Army Rangers


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SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah National Guard soldier is one of a handful of women who could someday get the chance to become a U.S. Army Ranger, an elite group that currently accepts men only.

1st Lt. Alessandra T. Kirby recently completed a grueling military training exercise designed for the best of the best.

“It was grilling, that’s a good word but it was extremely awesome,” says 1st Lt. Alessandra T. Kirby of the Utah National Guard.

Lt. Kirby is making her mark, selected to serve as an adviser to a program aimed at integrating women in the U.S. Army Rangers. She was also one of 45 females put through a rigorous course and one of only 31 who made it through.

“During that one week, we had physical tests, obstacle courses, we had knowledge tests as well and it was dynamic, it was very dynamic,” she said of the experience.

Lt. Kirby…

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