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Female Ranger Candidates Climb to New Heights

"U.S. Army Soldiers participate in rappel training during the Ranger Course on Camp Merrill in Dahlonega, Ga., July 12, 2015. Soldiers attend the Ranger Course to learn additional leadership and small unit technical and tactical skills in a physically and mentally demanding, combat simulated environment, (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Eric Hurtado/ Released)"

The U.S. Army on Friday released photos of the current crop of Ranger School students climbing their way through the mountains of  Dahlonega, Georgia.

Noteworthy, of course, is the fact that three women have advanced to the 20-day mountain phase of the grueling infantry training course, which historically has only been open to men.

Military.com's Matt Cox has been covering the issue in depth and recently wrote about how the female officers -- none of whom have been identified -- have progressed to the second phase of the course.

Here's a sampling of some of the photographs of the women in action:

"U.S. Army Soldiers participate in rappel training during the Ranger Course on Camp Merrill in Dahlonega, Ga., July 12, 2015. Soldiers attend the Ranger Course to learn additional leadership and small unit technical and tactical skills in a physically and mentally demanding, combat simulated environment, (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Ebony Banks/ Released)"

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"U.S. Army Soldiers conduct Mountaineering training during the Ranger Course on Mount Yonah in Cleveland, Ga., July 14, 2015. Soldiers attend the Ranger Course to learn additional leadership and small unit technical and tactical skills in a physically and mentally demanding, combat simulated environment, (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Brooks/ Released)"

"U.S. Army Soldiers participate in rappel training during the Ranger Course on Camp Merrill in Dahlonega, Ga., July 13, 2015. Soldiers attend the Ranger Course to learn additional leadership and small unit technical and tactical skills in a physically and mentally demanding, combat simulated environment, (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Yvette Zabala-Garriga/ Released)"

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