WASHINGTON (September 2, 2015) -- The Army announced today that qualified personnel will be able to attend all future classes of its elite Ranger Course, regardless of gender.

Ranger School is the Army's premier small unit tactics and leadership school. Students who meet the standards of the course earn the Ranger Tab and serve in a variety of units across the Army.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh said, "We must ensure that this training opportunity is available to all soldiers who are qualified and capable and we continue to look for ways to select, train, and retain the best soldiers to meet our nation's needs."

"The Army's number one priority is combat readiness and leader development is a function of combat readiness," said Chief of Staff of Army Gen. Mark A. Milley. "Giving every qualified soldier the opportunity to attend the Ranger Course, the Army's premier small unit leadership school, ensures we are maintaining our combat readiness today, tomorrow and for future generations."

All prerequisites for students attending the Ranger Course remain in effect, to include standards of medical fitness prescribed in Army Regulation 40-501, Chapters 2, 5, and 8. Additional student requirements can be found on the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade web site at http://www.benning.army.mil/infantry/rtb/.

Additional queries can be directed to LTC Jerry Pionk at 703-692-1281 or by email at jerome.l.pionk.mil@mail.mil.