Army opens legendary Ranger School to women…

For the first time, women will be allowed to attend Ranger School, one of the military’s most physically demanding courses, in a major milestone on the path to open ground combat occupations to female soldiers.  About 60 women volunteered and met the basic requirements to enter the course as part of a one-time assessment, the Army said Thursday. The co-ed class will begin April 20 at Fort Benning in Georgia. The average class size is about 300.

A decision about whether to permanently open the course to women will be made after the course is completed. The Army has said it will not change any standards for women in the course.  The decision comes after the Pentagon ordered the services to open ground combat fields to women by 2016. Services can still request a waiver if they want to exclude women from any occupational field.

“Those who meet the standards and graduate from the course will receive a certificate and be awarded the Ranger tab,” said Lt. Col. Ben Garrett, an Army spokesman.

Friends, this has been kicked around for some time now.  Technically, Ranger School is a leadership course which uses patrolling as the medium and food/sleep deprivation as the stressor.  The VilliousVoodoo says “Go for it!”  If you think you have what it takes, go for it.  As long as the standards are not lowered.  I say this with confidence because making it to and graduating from Ranger school is one thing.  Making it to a tier 1 unit and pulling your weight is quite another.  Below is a taste of what awaits G.I. Jane in Ranger school and subsequently a Ranger Battalion…


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