The army has not disclosed who the woman is. The woman completed the course, which lasts seven weeks, in Fort Benning in the US state of Georgia.
“We are extremely proud of this soldier’s achievement and recognize that this is a milestone for the entire army,” Major General Peter Hronek said in a statement.
The woman had been training at the army base since late last year. Because of her ‘extraordinary achievement’ she was allowed to take the sniper course.
Students who take the course not only learn to work as marksmen, but also gain experience with mission planning and complex combat.
Of the 1.3 million US military personnel, only 17 percent are women, CNN reports based on government data.
Gradually, more women are rising to the top of the US military. For example, there is now a female deputy secretary, one of the most important functions of the Ministry of Defense.