Amanda Kelley didn’t set out to become the first female enlisted soldier to pass the incredibly rigorous Army Ranger course.
For Staff Sgt. Kelley, a native of Easley, that was just another step along the path toward her bigger goal – to become sergeant major of the Army.
Not a sergeant major in the Army. The sergeant major of the Army. There’s only one.
And purely by the coincidence of her gender, if it happens, she would be the first female to attain that office, the highest position enlisted personnel can hold.
Ranger School. Fort Benning, Georgia. A 62-day gauntlet run that two out of three who try fail.
You don’t just get qualified to be a Ranger on a whim. Rangers have to be ready to embark upon dangerous special ops missions at a moment’s notice. These are the soldiers who go busting down doors with guns a-blazing deep in enemy territory, softening up the resistance for the regular troops.