Women, History and the Army Ranger School – The Atlantic

“I always believed that, without having to change the qualifications, that there were women who could live up to the same standards that we required of others to be able to become Rangers and to be part of Special Forces,” he told the magazine.

But the two female soldiers cannot apply to join the 75th Ranger Regiment, the elite special-operations force, because the unit remains closed to women.

Here’s more about the two, from The Washington Post:

The women have not been identified by the Army, but both are officers in their 20s and graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., Army officials said. The female graduates started Ranger School on April 20 alongside 380 men and 17 other female soldiers in the first class to ever include women. The female soldiers were allowed into Ranger School as part of the Army’s ongoing assessment of how to better integrate women.

The issue of women in combat roles has been controversial. There was much skepticism over whether standards were being lowered to allow the women to graduate.

But Sgt. Major Colin Boley, the operations sergeant major for the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, told Foreign Policy, the women “have changed my mind.”

“I didn’t think that they would physically be able to bear the weight and I thought they would quit or get hurt, and they have proved me wrong,” he said.


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