Female Ranger Candidates Climb to New Heights

"U.S. Army Soldiers participate in rappel training during the Ranger Course on Camp Merrill in Dahlonega, Ga., July 12, 2015. Soldiers attend the Ranger Course to learn additional leadership and small unit technical and tactical skills in a physically and mentally demanding, combat simulated environment, (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Eric Hurtado/ Released)"

The U.S. Army on Friday released photos of the current crop of Ranger School students climbing their way through the mountains of  Dahlonega, Georgia.

Noteworthy, of course, is the fact that three women have advanced to the 20-day mountain phase of the grueling infantry training course, which historically has only been open to men.

Military.com’s Matt Cox has been covering the issue in depth and recently wrote about how the female officers — none of whom have been identified — have progressed to the second phase of the course.

Here’s a sampling of some of the photographs of the women in action:

"U.S. Army Soldiers participate in rappel training during the Ranger Course on Camp Merrill in Dahlonega, Ga., July 12, 2015. Soldiers attend the Ranger Course to learn additional leadership and small unit technical and tactical skills in a physically and mentally demanding, combat simulated environment, (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Ebony Banks/ Released)"

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"U.S. Army Soldiers conduct Mountaineering training during the Ranger Course on Mount Yonah in Cleveland, Ga., July 14, 2015. Soldiers attend the Ranger Course to learn additional leadership and small unit technical and tactical skills in a physically and mentally demanding, combat simulated environment, (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Brooks/ Released)"

"U.S. Army Soldiers participate in rappel training during the Ranger Course on Camp Merrill in Dahlonega, Ga., July 13, 2015. Soldiers attend the Ranger Course to learn additional leadership and small unit technical and tactical skills in a physically and mentally demanding, combat simulated environment, (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Yvette Zabala-Garriga/ Released)"

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  • almal

    I can’t help but be enthused by this story. As an Australian infantry officer who served two years with the USMC and on operations in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan, I have to say I don’t care who you are, whether male, female or whatever floats your boat; the only thing that matters is if you have the guts and determination to do your duty, whatever that may be, wherever it leads, regardless of the consequences.
    Full marks to the U.S. Army for allowing women to test themselves to gain the Ranger qualification. Maybe my Army will have the guts to follow a similar path someday soon.

    • seans

      Here is the thing. Having the guts and determination to do the task isn’t the only thing that matters. You need to have the skill and the physical ability to do the task. I have watched plenty of guys who went thru my selection course, who would have went until they died, who had the guts, determination to do the task. But were lacking in either the physical or mental ability to do the task. It sucks for guys like that, but not everyone can do what they put they mind to. The sooner society accepts that, the better off we are going to be.

      • echomrg

        aren’t all the tests and training there to weed out those who lack skill and physical ability?

    • RAAFie

      What do you mean “Maybe my Army will have the guts to follow a similar path someday soon”? Women will be allowed in combat roles in the Australian Army from next year: http://www.defencejobs.gov.au/army/jobs/Rifleman/… (scroll to the bottom of the page)

    • galloglas

      Combat I understand doesn’t have a second chance nor a grade you must meet.
      The thing is, eventually female candidates will be passed just to have the required number of females in the Rangers, despite them being unable to actually do the job.
      In the US Military it’s called QUOTA.

      • Meth

        This society will never understand this, never mind the obvious makeup of our bodies, bone density etc…
        During the last month we have seen gender confusion gone wild and there are folks who are not sure what ethnic group they belong to. Not sure how this all ends up, but i am not very hopeful.

      • Meth

        Just saw an article where Linda Rousey called out Floyed Mayweather because of his record on domestic violence. Let me be clear; he should have paid a price for his actions. However, Yahoo news or the affiliate choose to opine that she would probably win. Personally; i don’t know enough about MMA and boxing to comment. Does anyone have any expertise they care to share?

        • Alias47

          Rhonda Rousey made a thinly veiled stab at Mayweather…more about him getting beaten by her for the ESPY award she received…considering the only recipients in the last however many years were either Mayweather or Pacquiao Honestly…if he was going to get beat by a woman…she is right up there as having the best odds of success. She is an incredible athlete. Her focus and determination, not to mention her training, have made her one of the (if not THE) most dominant MMA fighters of either sex in the history of the sport. I personally think she has a marked advantage as she is well trained and experienced in multi-discipline martial arts, where Mayweather (while one of the best ever) is strictly a boxer. He would have no answer to her if and when she got close enough to grapple. If you haven’t seen her fight, it is like a lion among lambs against the worlds best female contenders.

          • Meth

            What about other MMA fighters who happen to be male?

    • LIAM

      Here here!! AGREED!!

    • Sarah

      Right On, I was in the Army and it has taken a lot to get us ladies to this point, In the 82nd Airborne Division, 82nd Sig The Ratio of Men to Women was 100 to 1, and this was in the last 90’s. The Harassment and Hazing on the Daily was pretty rough. But seeing news like this makes me feel all the door kicking down was worth it and was all leading toward something. You stating that you are a Marine, and that you hope that they follow suite is awesome. Huahh Marine, you Rock.

      • Rob

        The problem is that those very same issues you encountered back then have not even statistically declined. In fact, such cases of harassment etc…have been on the rise steadily for decades. Sad but apparently true….even as more and more women fight to get exposed to one of the least rules-enforceable environments of any nation…combat.

      • Meth

        No one, male or female should be harassed, ever! That being said; there is more to this than meets the eye. A financial aspect/unit readiness means that if a female gets pregnant the unit is now reduced in man/person power. I get that there will always be staffing issues ie schools, injury, leave etc… This decision will only add to the strain of trying to main unit preparedness.

    • Rob

      Yes. It’s one thing to be an individual challenging themselves to a rigorous course. Great accolades to even have made it this far.

      It is quite another thing, to be a government military organization with a 100% incident rate in its history of creating 2 standards for the sexes and treating the females with a privilege not even understood by civilians.

      Integrated combat is causing an increase in incidents which decrease military readiness around the world in countries which have integrated. All are reporting increases in sexual incident, issues with relationships, assaults, increased perceived (as well as subjectively defined) harassment over the last 3 decades.

      Not many in the US Army believe this single standard and “just qualification” proposal with sex integration in the Rangers will last very long at all. You see, our military reports on quotas yearly, of ethnicities and sexes and has a history of bending rules to make those numbers work.

      • Meth

        Well thought out response without being mean spirited. Not sure if this experiment will be short lived though. Modern day politicians are hell bent on political correctness, gender equality and so n and so on. This is just part of a trend that has been gaining momentum, hope i am wrong though.

  • IAC

    OoRaa,more power to the Ladies.
    As long as the Course isn’t ‘modified’ for them.
    Otherwise the Afghan mountains would become the real test !

    • Skanderberg

      “As long as the course isn’t ‘modified’ for them.”

      Your naivety is charming. It was decided long ago that females will pass the course.

      • timmy bowers

        I see that you are more than likely against women in the military with that comment

        • Skanderberg

          “I see that you are more than likely against women in the military with that comment”

          Did I say that? No, I did not.

          The point of my previous comment is that we live in a time when feminism and political correctness reign supreme. SOF is now one of their targets. They have decided that there will be women in the Rangers, SF, SEALS, etc. That this might be a very bad idea that will lower standards and lead to the death of our troops means nothing to them.

          • Meth

            Skanderberg.

            Good post, having served a day or two i envision OER’s being held over the head of the OIC to ensure that we achieve equality. This political correctness will cost more lives in the end.

          • Skanderberg

            @Meth

            I completely agree with you.

    • galloglas

      Dream on snuffy.

    • John

      this is a total fraud, These women had already failed. So where are the men that failed the first time?? Oh they didn’t get a second chance. We do however have to be politically correct to get our finest killed now by having a very non qualified women

  • Females cannot do the jobs that men do. We don’t need to lower our standards for them either. Having spent 4 tours in Afghanistan not one female could lift any service man who might get hurt or shot in combat. They do not need to be doing that kind of work.

    • clan collins

      Not of men can lift other men in combat, seen it in Iraq.

    • DBM

      Takes 2 of them to carry a can of .50 call ammo. Don’t change the entire way you do things just because 1 or 2 carefully selected females get passed through the course.

    • Chris

      Despite all evidence to the contrary.

  • Stefan S.

    Somewhere a Roman Centurion is now laughing his ass off at this pathetic show!

  • Former Action Guy

    Great armies throughout history
    Alexander the Great’s Phalanx
    The Roman Legions
    Hannibal crossing the Alps
    Polish King Jan Sobieski’s Winged Hussars at Vienna in 1683
    George Washington’s Continentals
    Wellington at Waterloo
    Napoleon before Waterloo and Russia

    See any similarities? No women and no PC. You’d think if women were capable of being a warrior and just as strong as a male they would have done so before now. Don’t give me that Israel or Soviet Russia in WW2 excuse. We are not fighting for our survival. Seems this country went in the crapper when women stopped wanting to raise kids and burned their bras! Sorry to offend you under 40 year olds. But when I was raised you didn’t want to dress up as a girl and you didn’t want to be on the girls field hockey team.

    Think I’m wrong? Put your wife or girlfriend on a d line in the NFL. See how they do? GMAFB!

    • Meth

      Love this post, you forgot to mention the Normandy beach landings “operation Overlord”. Date June 6th 1944, purpose: to invade fortress Europe and liberate millions of people from Nazi oppression.

    • Meth

      Spot on assessment. That entity called Facebook has over 50 pronouns to describe gender. The mere fact that I am posting about this says something about the societal decay in this nation.

      • Rob

        To many men with low T are pushing through with this legislation.

    • SAM

      Sleep with your wifes sister, then announce it at a family gathering, see if they fail to meet combat standards.

    • Nobody

      “See any similarities?” – yeah, women of virtually all the periods of history you mentioned were pretty much universally regarded as second class citizens by the majority of those nations/cultures and rarely granted or given the opportunity to demonstrate otherwise. Heaven forbid that women, a gender that takes half the fucking planet, wants to not just be baby factories and social conformist to whatever patriarchal doucebags happen to be in power. I don’t even have to mention Israel or Soviet Russia (although in your narrow and misogynistic view i fail to see how there contributions are lessened), Artemisia, Joan of Arc, Amazons are credited with helping the Trojans against the Greeks in the Trojan War. And since you appear to have an incredibly narrow view of history, after Alexandar’s death friends and family fought over his empire, which included two women who lead armies against each other for the first time in recorded history, Olympias (his mother), and Eurydice. There are NUMEROUS examples of female warriors and soldiers throughout pre-history, the Celts, Romans, Saxons, all the way through the Middle Ages and beyond.

      You sound scared, confused, and stupid. Unwilling it seems to at least let women who are hungry for trying to prove themselves against ASSHOLES like yourself, be given the chance. Think I”m wrong? Let’s put one of them ladies against your sorry ass and see how they fare.

      • Rob

        “women of virtually all the periods of history you mentioned were pretty much universally regarded as second class citizens by the majority of those nations/cultures and rarely granted or given the opportunity to demonstrate otherwise.”

        1. That’s a lie. They were only 2nd class by people defining that today (ie..feminists). There have been feminist movements for centuries.
        2. Being treated as second class citizens has not held back second class men groups from making history in combat and proving to be excellent warriors, nor from rebellion against such nations which treated them as second class. In fact, wherever they were considered slaves, chattel, or in any other subjugated position in a society, they rebelled and became free.

        If someone is held down for so many hundreds…even 1000s of years without a single organized rebellion, it is hard to say it was really being “held down”.

        “Heaven forbid that women, a gender that takes half the ****ing planet, wants to not just be baby factories and social conformist to whatever patriarchal doucebags happen to be in power.”

        Nothing could have ever turned out any different. Most of societies since the very beginning of human society have been patriarchal. So much in fact, that anthropologists have agree to change the definition of “Matriarchy” since in the sense of how “Patriarchy” is defined, there is no evidence that Matriarchies have ever existed. Most women have shown to be more socially focused than men; a factor of disposition. So women actually are more likely to want to conform to societal norms than men. And more women have been shown to want to have babies than those who are forced to have them (even though “forced” gets 100X the attention, of course).

        “I don’t even have to mention Israel”…
        You really should have. It proves the opposite of your intent. Israeli war 1948 had integrated combat troops.
        1. Arabs would fight to the death rather than be killed by a woman. That increased the Israeli casualty rate immensely.
        2. Men had a tendency to feel a need to help and protect women in battle, which hindered combat effectiveness.

        “Soviet Russia (although in your narrow and misogynistic view i fail to see how there contributions are lessened)”
        Some individual spied and snipers have fame. Those are not related to integrating the sexes discussion. IN combat, when a country is being overwhelmed…everyone “plays”. So that’s not really relevant either.

        Joan of Arc is more of legend than an actual warrior who fought in battle. Most women of history with fame of battle did little more than lead men. They did not fight (Boidicea).

        Amazons are a mythical tribe of women in S. America. There is no evidence they existed.

        No women helped the Trojans as part of their combat operations. Oh yes….Trojans WERE Greeks.

        Alexandar’s death friends and family fought over his empire, which included two women who lead armies against each other for the first time in recorded history.

        Cynane was not ever recorded as being in battle except in the same manner as was Joan of Arc, who merely led, although she was trained in martial exercises. She never really fought and met her end early in life.

        “Olympias (his mother), and Eurydice. There are NUMEROUS examples of female warriors and soldiers throughout pre-history, the Celts, Romans, Saxons, all the way through the Middle Ages and beyond. ”

        There are actually very few examples, and when examined in detail, they appear to have been exaggerated centuries ago (since men have exaggerated female accomplishments in terms of physical ability more than not throughout history. Most of what you cite is either movie exaggerations or myths with no evidence.

        “You sound scared, confused, and stupid. Unwilling it seems to at least let women who are hungry for trying to prove themselves”

        Here comes the shaming. This isn’t a follow your dreams venue. We’re all worried and scared for military readiness as well as what this is going to do with a budget that is already getting a big ax this year. There has been and is very unlikely to be no benefit to the army for this effort. An overwhelming eclipse of females in the military have showed no interest at all in combat roles. SO their numbers would likely never make any significant impact for women’s p”progress” in combat except for a few “1st female” headlines and PR.

    • mupp

      That’s a very narrow list you have there…if you’d care to look further afield you might see more hten a few fighting forces that had women in them.

      “Think I’m wrong? Put your wife or girlfriend on a d line in the NFL.”
      That is a non sequitur, 99%+ of men would get wrecked doing that too.
      You might as well say put an average SEAL in there…he’d get crushed too.

      • Rob

        “That’s a very narrow list you have there…if you’d care to look further afield you might see more hten a few fighting forces that had women in them. ”

        Only disguised as men. When out in the open as part of force structure or support, there have always been interrelationship issues and then rape.

  • Von Vomit

    Well, something someone forgot to mention is how strange it seems that 3 female candidates who wash out of Ranger school the first time who are now on their second attempt, are now passing the course with flying colors. I find that a bit strange, don’t you? Especially when most of the males who try to get into Ranger school do not pass zero week. That to me tells me that the course has been watered down for the women who are now attending, and some politician some where is involved. That is a slap in the face to the Ranger community as a whole, the military as a whole, and the the women involved. Lives matter in combat. Watering down training courses to meet abilities for female applicants undermine the school’s ability to produce quality warriors for tomorrow’s battlefield. And that is what gets soldiers killed. Too bad that the females washed out the first time. Too bad they are being allowed to pass the course with neither the strength or leadership ability required because of political reasons. Do not get me wrong….I am supportive of female members in the military. They have a hard time competing in a male dominated society. How ever, as I mentioned, this news stinks to high hell and back. Politics, politics, politics.

    • Brad

      The soft bigotry of lowered expectations. The cultural Marxists who think they are helping the women ” rise above” are actually achieving the opposite.

    • Doug

      The show must go one. By the way, it’s the ladies third (3d) attempt.

    • dockrick

      the guys were helping the gals and it is in team work so that all don’t fail .

    • cwolf

      Most Soldiers in Ranger units aren’t Ranger qualified. So what?

      • A minority of SPC/PFC’s are not Ranger qualified in Ranger Reg’t. Everyone SGT and above is Ranger qualified.

    • Tabpegasus

      VV – have you been to Ranger School?

  • Snuffy

    So we are cutting 45k from the army but good thing we are bending over backwards for 3 more. Makes sense to me.

    • Meth

      Good point, never thought of that. It might be a bit overstated, but it still has merit.

  • SAM

    Funny how politics can outweigh budget issues. That being said, I have served with a few female soldiers that I was more than happy to serve with in a combat zone, who were in leadership positions. I have served with a few male soldiers, who I really had wished that I did not have to serve with, in a combat zone, who were also in leadership positions. I have never been afraid of an angry male soldier. I have been scared to death of an angry female soldier, who shal remain nameless, but who will forever have my respect.

  • William Brown

    Much has been said concerning the “watering down” of requirements so that these three female soldiers can reach the goal they have set for themselves..
    There comes a time when the various and sundry arguments become stale and moot, and we must proclaim, “It is sufficient for me that I believe in the professionalism, dedication, and integrity of the Ranger School Cadre and the Infantry School leadership that no special treatment was offered or given.”
    It remains still to be seen whether the selected three will emerge victorious in their quest for the coveted Ranger Tab, but if they do, I will be among the first to raise my glass in a toast and say, “Well done, and welcome to the Brotherhood”.

    • seans

      Guessing you never heard of Kara Hultgreen.

    • Navyjag907

      Oh come on–the Ranger School cadre and the Infantry School officers will do exactly as they’re ordered and like it. And that includes whatever it takes to get the Ranger tab for these three women. I encountered my first careerists as an Army infantry officer and there wasn’t a lie they wouldn’t tell to curry favor or get promoted. In my subsequent service I never encountered that level of dishonesty.

      • oldschool

        YOU must not know any real RANGER’s I worked at 6th RTB in FLA. With Best Soldiers I have had the opportunity to know and learn from. Yes some of them where Arrogant dick’s but they did there best and have turned out some of the best the Military has to offer. It sounds like you have a personal issue with one person not the RANGER,

    • dockrick

      the D.O.D wants these gals to pass as soon as possible. so they can say , yes we can.

    • Guest

      You can’t call it a “Brotherhood.” That is so sexist!

      OK, I’ll remove my tongue from my cheek now.

    • Meth

      Brotherhood?

    • old school

      I worked at 6th RTB in FLA for three years, I can tell you that there have been Officer’s that did not make the cut to where the RANGER tab where allowed to Graduate because the B.C. had the mentality that officer’s do not fail RANGER school. I am said to say that some of them I ended up going to Afghanistan with and caused the DEATH of some of our troops, I can also say that others that came thru Ranger school when I was there have turned out to be some of the best that I have ever seen both officer and enlisted. What I am saying sadly is their is always going to be games played from up top. I also can tell you all that I have served with Female’s both Officers And Enlisted that would make it thru, It would be hard for them but it would be honest.

  • guest

    Be Happy, this is all being done in the interests of, and to advance, gender equality.

  • Some of the coverage of women in the Mountain phase of Ranger School state that the initial road march was done with a 50lb pack. When did Ranger school start cutting the weight so much? 70 was the lightest with 90 being the norm.

    A rappel was done with a 30 lb ruck. I remember that being the Air Assault School standard but much more inthe light leader’s course that the Ranger School taught back in the day.

    I guess it’s the same standards when they’ve been lowered for all?

    • Mark

      While I served at times my 145 pound body with gear weighed around 400 pounds.

    • AARguy

      In 1970 I applied to West Point from high school. I had all the academic, medical, etc. credentials I needed. In the entrance PT Test I failed the palms-away-from-the-face Pullup event. Fair enough. I Enlisted and spent a year at the West Point Prep School (USMAPS) until I could meet the standard. I graduated from West Point in 1975.

      A few years later, as a young LT, I was tasked to be the Administrator of the West Point PT Test for local civilian applicants at Ft Eustis. I was appalled that the standards had been lowered in each event for female applicants, while the old standards remained in place for the males. The Pullup event, in particular, remained the same for males, but women didn’t even have to do pullups at all. They were simply required to hang from the bar for time in the “up” position.

      When I failed to meet the standard, I gave a year of my life until I could. When women couldn’t meet the standard, they just changed the standard.

      • I did a piece on how the obstacle course changed. Women actually had pass around lanes for obstacles they couldn’t handle and still pass with almost twice the time men were given.

        Does the enemy build easy lanes in their obstacles or not shoot the slow soldiers?

    • Andy

      I remember those days in the light leaders course ! harmony church

    • Greg

      Just like Jump School 25 years ago.

  • William Pearson

    I am an old Ranger October 1968. I earned my tab, and my black beret. If the women can complete the course,without lowering the standards…..I have no problem, but they must earn the respect of their fellow Rangers. Rangers Lead The Way. Ranger School saved my life in Vietnam.

    • John

      They already FAILED!! So why are they getting a second chance. So they can lower the standards. Wake up old ranger. This is all political nothing more. These women will do nothing but get our finest killed

      • It’s their third chance…

  • david wold

    Enough already with this nonsense. Women DO NOT BELONG IN COMBAT ARMS MOS’S PERIOD!!!!

    • dockrick

      you are so right, just mess up a patrol

    • oldschool

      Nonsense you say. Whether or not they are in Combat MOS’s they are getting Killed like any other MOS. One of my best friends was killed AUGEST 19th 2006 in KORNGAL valley Afghanistan. THE KOP as it is known to us that have been their. It is also known as the valley of DEATH. She was a COMBAT MEDIC that took care of the Infantry Men that where their. She died knowing it could happen to her at any time and still went. I have known Infantry men that pulled every thing they could not to go. Even though she was A women she had more balls then most. I can only hop that I will be jugged to be half a brave as she was. I am not giving her name out of respect of her family.

      • Meth

        I hope that she was a true believer and i feel sorry for her family. It sounds like a tremendous loss. However, none of this changes the fact that men and women were created differently and that all of this is part of some grand social experiment. Had she not been there; another soldier would have been there doing the job. The highest percentage of Medal of Honor recipients in the Army are combat medics. The majority of which are still males. Not sure if there are any females, but i have not researched that specific thing.

      • Meth

        Additionally, we have massive problems with the VA and getting adequate treatment to veterans of every gender. Why is this administration so concerned about pushing this topic? No coincidence this happening around the same time they (supreme court and company) are re-defining marriage.

  • 11CP5

    Wonder if they had to do the buddy rappel? That was the hardest part of rappelling there IMHO. Also wonder where the headgear was in the picture? Seems in the old days heat be dang and you wore what was the battle rattle. Things change so say’s the picture.

  • Mickey B

    They call it rifleman, not riflelady, and that’s a scientific fact!

  • wderose

    anyone who has been in combat knows this is a bunch of baloney. We spent weeks in the bush, hot, limited water fighting a real enemy not a training model. is a female going to go hand to hand -or carrying the wounded- its a step in the wrong direction and one that will endanger the troops- those three are looking to make a name for themselves and increase promotion potential- its a dumb as the politicians and blow gut military leaders could ever dream up-typical of this administration

    • oldschool

      I have been in combat and can to you that one of combat medic’s from 710th med support bn. was killed in the line of duty, SHE had taken car of wounded infantry men in combat, and she could carry me at two hundred and ten pounds with body armor. Not all can do this many males included. Look at the solider not the gender before you decided.

      • It’s much easier on a COP or from a vehicle. It’s an entirely different world when you have to walk and inm the next war we might not be fighting from COPs & FOBs.

        You don’t get to suddenly rebuild your entire unit when the mission/environment changes…

  • SGTHolman

    I never attended Ranger school, but I was an Infantryman. I have never met a female soldier who could do my job. I know all of this is part of the Left’s agenda to push gender equality in the military. Lets face it, there are many things a female can’t do that men are more capable of doing. There is one thing a female can do that a man can’t, that is giving birth. The genders are not equal in all things. This move will weaken our military.

    • Meth

      Amen brother, was not infantry, I was the medic walking right there with you.

  • mka

    Give them their own companies,women only. See how far they get when the men are not around to take up their slack.

  • T. Parker SF/Ret

    And then there is the POW. Given an opportunity to compete or challenge a mans world for a female is nothing new. Not withstanding there are opportunities for each individual who has the heart, courage, and ability to accomplish there task. This does not limit or restrict the individual, but does limit the effectiveness with how they preform under highly adverse engagements. Women were not created to be combat effective, to simply compete because the administration says it is right ” to give them a chance.” We are seeing with our own eyes, how opposition is being administered with beheadings, mass rapes, and extermination of children.. But, we have not been introduced to the video coverage of one of our own female soldiers, being subjected to interrogation, mass physical abuse, like nothing they can even imagine. Our acceptability and tolerance, of such actions is very real. I do not feel the political or social arena, is ready to watch this occur. For those sympathizers who live on their “Cloud” , I would strongly suggest you need to come down to the real world, of a combat soldier. It is about bone, flesh, blood and a heart that makes this individual who “chose” to fight and serve, that goes far above the “Want to Be’s. I stand at ease.

    • Meth

      Great post SF/RET

      Always good to get input from the snake eaters. Men and women were made differently with specific strengths and weaknesses is no longer self evident. There is a whole generation that has been indoctrinated into this belief system.

  • IronMike Ranger10-64

    Shameful waste of time, money, and instructors! We’re fixing to CUT 40,000 combat-seasoned soldiers under Obama, – and this EEO/AA sideshow is a priority?

    This will make our Army stronger, and scare ISIS? ISIS will proudly display their ‘Rangerette’ tabs when they behead them.

  • guest

    It has been ordered that women be fully integrated into all aspects and jobs in the military. Gender equality and diversity demand it. There is no place in the modern military for segregated units. The nation can no longer deny women combat slots and opportunities for leadership and promotion. The old ways cannot stand.

    • Meth

      I agree that they may not be denied, but then again this nation is in decline, so why not. Just another decade and this nations military will be unrecognizable. Will save the topic of transgenders for another day.

    • crackedlenses

      “Gender equality and diversity demand it”

      …exactly, performance and combat effectiveness be darned. There is no correlation between comparing a white man and a black man to comparing a man to a woman or a woman who thinks she’s a man.

      After all, the whole point of this monkey business is social engineering. Priorities, people, priorities….

    • David

      Who says gender equality demands it when common sense says NO. Wake up.

  • GERALD MCSEE

    I was a driver with the Air Evac, 1971-76, at Andrews AFB. There were two male techs that were very small and could no way carry/assist carrying a litter with patient. Other techs (some) laughed at them (also they did not appear gay). I corrected the beratement and just jumped in and assisted them. Then on the other hand there were female flight med-techs who had no problem carrying/unloading litter patience. My point, the gender doesn’t matter, but the body size/strength does.

  • I believe that our Military has become week because of our weakness from the government and the President by facing women to the military to do the same as men in war. When you do the same as men in the military to a certain point. Its is about war and death and men for century fight and day for our country and our family to live and to do walk our for fathers and women has died for in history! This country has fallen to the sickness on this country no. Our children needs our moms and dads to let them live. Women can be in the military service about to a certain point. Women die in combat weaker more then men in todays military war. May the Lord have mercy. We are weak now. May the lord for give us of or sin and help our children. Bruce

  • Roger O’Day

    Given the President has been firing every top commander that disagrees with him. Of course he got to some that would agree.
    Through attrition. Now he has a top command that tremble at his word.
    Weman proved themselves to me onboard my ahip. The tiny difference in that and infantry is you get full meals. And an actual bed to sleep and you have breaks in the action.
    One Infantry patrol lasting3 or 4 days without real down time?
    I’m not so sure. i need to see it in real life.
    And this female kit? Ridiculous.
    You think on patrol there is time to stop for a fem period so the girls can take care of the female issues that work on Gods clock not the armies.
    Riiiiiight.
    Get real. PC don’t work in every facet of life and the enemy isn’t gonna stop the fight so our females can utilize you standard issue Fem Kit.

  • Thats great what the Army is doing, i’m a Retired Paratrooper. I wish the Females the best of luck.

    • Meth

      This is not the army alone, all branches of service are facing forced gender equality. A question i have is why now?

  • Bud Clinton

    God help us. Women in the U.S. army’? Fine up to a degreee! Front line Rangers are not one of the positions they should be in. Watering down by 1 pound, 1 inch or whatever, should never be allowed. My life depends on my left snd right soldier. P.C. Crap is just that crap!