Last year Staff Sgt. Amanda Kelley became the first enlisted woman to earn a Ranger tab, a crucial step on her way to achieving her ultimate goal: to be sergeant major of the Army.
On May 17, she gave the first of what could be many interviews from the top senior enlisted adviser’s office in the Pentagon.
To date, according to Army data, 30 women have completed Ranger training, which first opened up to both genders in 2015. Twenty-eight of those have been officers. Kelley graduated last August, and in April, Sgt. 1st Class Janina Simmons became the second enlisted woman and the first black woman to earn a Ranger tab.