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2 female soldiers, 1 from Conn., graduate from Army Ranger training

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FORT BENNING, Ga  — Capping their history-making week, the first female soldiers to complete the Army's rigorous Ranger School graduated Friday, putting a spotlight on the debate over opening all combat roles to women.

Army Soldiers participate in the Darby Queen obstacle course as part of their training at the Ranger Course on Ft. Benning Ga., June 28, 2015

First Lt. Shaye Haver of Copperas Cove, Texas, and Capt. Kristen Griest of Orange, Connecticut, pinned on the black-and-gold Ranger tab at a graduation ceremony along with 94 male soldiers at Fort Benning, Georgia. They finished the nine-week training program on Monday.

When Capt. Kristen Griest (left) and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver (right) receive their Ranger tabs, it will be "a monumental and joyous occasion" for them and the other 94 students graduating with them, a family statement issued Wednesday said.

Capt. Kristen Griest (left) and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver (right)

Their success points up the obstacles that remain to women who aspire to join certain all-male combat units, including the 75th Ranger Regiment. Although Haver and Griest are Ranger-qualified, they are not eligible to join the Ranger regiment, although officials say it is among the special operation units likely to be opened to women.