In this episode of the MWI podcast, MWI editorial director John Amble had a chance to sit down and speak to US Army Capt. Natalie Mallue. In April, Capt. Mallue and another officer became the sixth and seventh women to graduate from Ranger School. She speaks about her experiences during the grueling course, her preparation for it, and the support she received from her chain of command when she told them she wanted to challenge herself by attending the school.

She also has some advice for future Ranger School students. In fact, those future students were a motivating factor in her decision to undertake the challenge. “One of the reasons, other than just challenging myself, that I went to Ranger School was because I’m going to come back and teach at West Point,” she says. “And I want to be the best mentor I can be to cadets.”

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Image credit: Staff Sgt. Steve Cortez, US Army