The new face of the US Army

After earning the coveted black-and-gold Ranger tab in August 2015, US Army Capt. Kristen Griest, 26, will once again make history by becoming the first female infantry officer, the Army said.

Griest will become the first woman to lead an infantry unit into combat.

Capt. Kristen Griest prepares with her classmates for an Airborne Jump as part of their training at the Ranger Course on Ft. Benning Ga., June 27, 2015

“I think it’s awesome,” US Marine Corps Cpl. Harlee Bradford told Business Insider. Bradford was one of the first women to train in the first gender-integrated, notoriously grueling Marine Corps’ Infantry Training Battalion in 2013.

“Are we supposed to be surprised that a woman can do what a man can do? I’m happy for her. My only advice would be — don’t let someone else tell you what the hell you’re capable of,” Bradford added., In December 2015, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the Pentagon would open all combat jobs to women.

“I totally support women in combat, women being eligible to compete for any position in the military,” former Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Business Insider in an interview earlier this year.

“But I would agree with military leaders there can be no lowering of the standards of the requirements to perform specific jobs, lowering standards will put lives at risk,” Gates added.

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