Janina Simmons became the first African-American woman to graduate from US Army Ranger School. She completed her 1000 hours of training in one go without any repetition. While 34% of candidates repeat at least one of the three phases of the course, Simmon was exceptional to complete the 62-day training course in one attempt.
“I’m humbled to be here…62 days of training and I made it the first time through,” Simmons told ConnectingVets. This isn’t the first time that Simmons has done something unprecedented. Around 3 years back in December 2018, she pulled off first place in the Fort Jackson qualifier for the Bataan Memorial De-ath March. Participants were required to complete the 16-mile march in a minimum time carrying a load of 25 pounds on their back. Simmons just took 2 hours and 52 minutes to complete the whole march carrying her 25.8-pound rucksack. She made a magnificent triumph against her rival participants hands down.
The US Army praised the female soldier on Twitter and complimented her with ‘model US Army Soldier.’ The female soldier has now many options open in front of her which she can use to establish her name and make her community and country proud of her.
The story got viral on social media as soon as the official handle of the US Army tweeted about it. People of America started pouring blessings for Simmons and wishing her the best for her future. “Blacks are the precious treasure of the United States who makes us proud each and every day,” a user tweeted.