WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Army leaders have begun to study the prospect of sending women soldiers to the service's prestigious Ranger school -- another step in the effort to broaden opportunities for women in the military.
Gen. Raymond Odierno, Army chief of staff, says he's asked senior commanders to provide him with recommendations and a plan this summer. He says if women are eventually allowed to serve in the infantry, they would have to go to Ranger school in order to be competitive with their male counterparts as they move through the ranks.
Going to Ranger school does not automatically mean they would be allowed to serve in one of the Army's three elite Ranger battalions, which are Army special operations forces. Women are not allowed to serve as special operators.