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Shaye Haver    

One of the first women to ever graduate from the US Army Ranger School

Shaye Lynne Haver is one of the two first women, along with Kristen Griest, to ever graduate from the US Army Ranger School, which occurred on 21 August 2015. Haver and Griest were ranked 34th on Fortune magazine's 2016 list of the World's Greatest Leaders.

Haver is from Copperas Cove, Texas. In 2008, she graduated from high school in Texas, where she was a cross country runner and soccer player. Haver graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2012. Haver followed in her father’s footsteps and became a pilot of attack helicopters. Her father also served as a career Army aviator who flew Apaches.

Haver serves as an Apache Attack Helicopter pilot in an aviation brigade. She is one of the two first women, along with Kristen Marie Griest, to ever graduate from the US Army Ranger School, which occurred on 21 August 2015. Haver was among a group of 20 women who qualified to attend the first gender-integrated Ranger School, which began 20 April 2015. Haver received a certificate of completion and was awarded and authorized to wear the Ranger Tab.

Ranger School is an intense 61-day combat leadership course oriented toward small-unit tactics. It has been called "the most physically and mentally demanding leadership school the Army has to offer".

Haver and Griest both said that they felt extra pressure to succeed because they wanted to prove that women can endure the same stress and pressure that men do when training. Since questions arose about the legitimacy of the program, many commanders and generals spoken out. Scott Miller, the Maneuver Center of Excellence commanding general at Fort Benning, Georgia, said he vowed before the program began that there “would be no change to the standards—and there weren’t."

Haver and Griest have both came a long way and have paved the for the future of women who are interested in the rigorous training of Army Ranger School.

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