The first female soldier in history has graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course and become an official member of the Army's Green Beret unit.
This history-making woman soldier received her Special Forces shoulder tab alongside several other male classmates at North Carolina's Fort Bragg. Green Beret soldiers remain unidentified due to the sensitive nature of the assignments and missions they receive following graduation.
Lt. General Fran Beaudette, commanding general of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, addressed the graduates in a ceremony Thursday.
"From here, you will go forward and join the storied formation of the Green Berets where you will do what you are training to do — challenge assumptions, break down barriers, smash through stereotypes, innovate, and achieve the impossible," Beaudette told the graduates.
? Green Beret training can last between one and two years. Women have been able to serve in all combat jobs, including the elite group, since the official policy change in 2015.