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The first black female solider to graduate Ranger school attributes success to girlfriend

The first black female solider to graduate Ranger school attributes success to girlfriend

Janina Simmons (right) with her girlfriend at her Ranger School graduation

29-year-old Janina Simmons is the first black female soldier to graduate from Ranger School. The Sergeant 1st Class completed the course on Friday, 26 April, passing on the first try.

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‘I’m excited. It’s surreal,’ Simmons told ConnectingVets. ‘I’m humbled to be here… 62 days of training and I made it the first time through.’

According to ConnectingVets, about 34% of Ranger candidates must repeat at least one phase in the three-phase course.

Supportive girlfriend

Simmons, who is based in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, took to Facebook to let the world know she did not do this alone. It was her girlfriend that gave her the support she needed to meet this milestone.

‘She stuck with me and was more than supportive,’ Simmons wrote, sharing a picture of her with her girlfriend at graduation. ‘I didn’t do that, WE did that.’

Popular Military reports that Simmons and her girlfriend got engaged at the graduation. However, GSN cannot find any other sources to substantiate this. In the aforementioned Facebook post, Simmons does use an emoji of a diamond ring, which may suggest an engagement.

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