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Woman set to become first female Green Beret

For the first time in history a woman will become a member of an all-male Green Beret team. The unidentified National Guard member graduated from the Army's elite Special Forces course and is all set the join the team following a yearslong push to get more women into front-line combat jobs.

She was one of three female soldiers going through the grueling training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and graduated today in her green beret along with about 400 other soldiers.

Commander of Army Special Operations Command Lt. Gen. Fran Beaudette presided over the ceremony, and for the first time said, ""Our Green Beret men and women will forever stand in the hearts of free people everywhere."

He added:

“From here, you will go forward and join the storied formation of the Green Berets where you will do what you are trained to do: challenge assumptions, break down barriers, smash through stereotypes, innovate, and achieve the impossible."

The graduate's identity has not been released because the Army does not make known the names of commandos or where they will be sent. The journey to becoming a Green Beret is incredibly tough, and many of those who try out do not make it to graduation.

Whoever this woman is, congratulations to her and to all the other men in the class!

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