How a Latter-day Saint Relief Society Teacher Became One of the First Female Army Rangers

Legions of women teach in over 30,000 Relief Society units across the globe — delivering weekly lessons that champion gospel learning, unity and spiritual growth.

But only one Relief Society instructor, Anna Savage Hodge, goes to work each morning with a U.S. Army Ranger Tab sewn on the shoulder of her camouflage uniform.

Five years ago, not a single woman had graduated from Ranger School. Since then, only Savage Hodge and a handful of other female soldiers have completed the grueling Army training course that lasts more than two months and staged in locales ranging from mountain peaks to sweltering swamplands.

Story by Jason Swensen, Church News. Lead image of Anna Savage Hodge and her husband, Mathew Hodge; retrieved from Church News
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