Capt. Kristen Griest, left, and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver will become the first female soldiers ever to graduate from Ranger School on August 21, 2015.

As one of the mottoes of the US Army’s elite regiment puts it, “Rangers lead the way.”

For the first time in military history, two women will graduate from the excruciating 62-day Ranger Schoolat Fort Benning.

This week, Capt. Kristen Griest, 26, and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, 25, will be awarded the prestigious black and gold Ranger tab along with 94 of their male counterparts.

Ranger candidates arrive for training in the best shape of their lives and survive on a meal a day and just a few hours of sleep — all the while completing some of the toughest military training in the world

Army Ranger candidates prepare for an airborne operation during the Ranger Course on Fort Benning, Georgia.

Ranger School is a gut check,” Jack Murphy, a Special Operations 75th Ranger Regiment veteran and managing editor of the military-focused publication SOFREP told Business Insider.

“… When you see another soldier wearing a Ranger tab on his or her uniform you know that you have both slogged it out through some extremely challenging training, which automatically builds a certain amount of trust in each other,” Murphy added.

Each year approximately 4,000 students attend Ranger School. Sixty percent of those candidates wash out of the course.

On April 20, West Point graduates Griest and Haver entered into the first gender-integrated Ranger School,alongside 380 men and 18 other female candidates.

Griest, a military police officer from Connecticut and Haver, an Apache helicopter pilot from Texas,completed the full Ranger course in four months.

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