New Photos and Videos of Female Ranger Candidates

"U.S. Army Soldiers participate in waterborne operations training during the Ranger Course on Camp Rudder on Eglin Air Force Base, Fl., August 04, 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)"

"U.S. Army Soldiers participate in waterborne operations training during the Ranger Course on Camp Rudder on Eglin Air Force Base, Fl., August 04, 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 late Friday released more photos and videos of the two female officers soldiering their way through the third and final phase of Ranger School.

The images depict the women carrying their rucksacks on patrol and crossing streams alongside their male counterparts during the so-called swamp phase, which takes place at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

If they’re able to complete the swamp phase, they’ll graduate from the historically all-male infantry training course in two weeks on Aug. 21 and become the first-ever female soldiers to wear the coveted Ranger tab.

We had trouble including the videos on this site, but we linked to the Fort Benning website that has them and all of the photographs. Meantime, here’s a sampling of some of our favorite photos:

"U.S. Army Soldiers conduct Airborne and Air Assault Operations during the Ranger Course at Camp Rudder on Eglin Air Force Base, Fl., August 06, 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)"

"U.S. Army Soldiers conduct Airborne and Air Assault Operations during the Ranger Course at Camp Rudder on Eglin Air Force Base, Fl., August 06, 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)"

"U.S. Army Soldiers participate in waterborne operations training during the Ranger Course on Camp Rudder on Eglin Air Force Base, Fl., August 04, 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 waterborne operations training during the Ranger Course on Camp Rudder on Eglin Air Force Base, Fl., August 04, 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)"

"U.S. Army Soldiers participate in waterborne operations training during the Ranger Course on Camp Rudder on Eglin Air Force Base, Fl., August 04, 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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  • Wow!! These women are are amazing! It makes me sad that it took this long to get here, but I am so excited that it’s happening! It’s no longer a time of hunters vs gatherers. To survive this in this world, everyone has to be a hunter AND a gatherer! Great job soldiers!

  • Edward

    Tis marks the end of the Rangers as a elite force when Obama lowers the requirements for these women to pass for woman’s sake.

    • Pope

      do you have the TAB? If not don”t speak on it.

      • Mark

        Well said!

      • tabandscroll

        Tab & Scroll officer checking in. Talking to my peers participating in this circus, they are under extreme pressure to ensure at least one woman passes. Graders are feeling the pressure.

      • Stefan S.

        Yeah and I’ll throw mine over the White House fence when they graduate.

    • Larry Hendry

      I don’t believe the requirements were lowered just for women. These are two outstanding female officers. I went through Army Special Forces Training in the early 70’s and a few of my SF buddies attended Ranger School and graduated. I didn’t recognize them when they returned, since they lost so much weight on one C ration a day. SF training was more mental than physical in some phases and it was divided into several phases and all had to be passed to graduate. It was nothing like Ranger school where it is Physically and mentally foe such a short time period.

  • IWS

    Meet the standard, get the tab..

  • tom

    Tabbed when it was four phases and truly one c rat a day IF you conducted a proper resupply. Sleep? What’s that? I still have connections in the course and regiment. I’ve been told they were to “make sure” at least one female passes. Go figure.

  • Mark Schuhler

    As a graduate of Ranger School Class 1-86 and a member of the 1st Ranger battalion 1983-1987 before and when it became Regimental I will say that if the standards have not been lowered then I must give these women credit for sucking it up and continuing to try and pass the course. Considering that they started in April and with recycling Darby and the mountain phase they will have spent 5+ months at Ranger School. I was lucky and made it through in 2 with no injuries or sickness. That was enough. If you are making comments and never went to Ranger School or served in one of the Battalions then keep your comments to yourself. Ranger School is a leadership school only. It has no bearing whatsoever on the Ranger Regiment other than the fact that you could not advance in rank or obtain a leadership position without the Ranger Tab. Being tabbed does not make you a true Ranger per se, however, if you have earned it then it is to be respected. If the standards have been lowered for political reasons, then the whole argument is null and void since ensuring that a female passes the school only destroys the tradition and reasons for the school in the first place. By maintaining high standards and high quality training our military and Special Ops forces will continue to make the enemy’s life miserable. Lowering any standards will only jeopardize those forces and result in higher and unnecessary casualties.

    • Glen

      A woman has Qualified S.F Too,

    • sfranger

      I disagree with getting tab, u are a Ranger, I was one before I went to 1st Bn, and so saying that u join a Ranger BN that u are a Ranger not, I made it thought Ranger School with out being recycled and also Went to SF and was one an A team

  • Grunt

    Muzzle control?

  • Drunt

    Smallest ruck out of the three? way to pull your weight for the team.

    • Mark

      Drunt, your a Donkey volume does not equal weight, as said above, “No Tab No Opinion” put up or shut up!

      • Drunt

        You can tell by how the load sits on her that it isn’t heavy. But, what do I know; I have carried those loads, Mark.

        • Drunt

          I have no problem with females meeting the standard. I have a problem with these soldiers (man or woman) not pulling their weight, and not showing an understanding of the most basic of firearm safety rules. If you HAVE served in Combat Arms, you know that too.

      • Drunt

        “You’re a donkey. Volume does not equal weight. As said above, “No tab, no opinion.” Quit fulfilling the stereotype that only idiots join 11B.

  • guest

    Wow now not only reports but video and photos of our amazing female rangers. Did Demi Moore ever look that good? Next they will appear on the cover of Vogue.

  • guest

    Why was that man pointing a machine gun at that other man’s chest?

    • Drunt

      Because that ‘man’ has no concept of muzzle awareness. If ‘he’ does it there (with a BFA and blanks), ‘he’ will do it while the weapon is loaded..

  • Guest

    Pretty sure none of the critics here have ever considered the contribution that women have made In close combat over the course of human history. If you don’t know what that is then I suggest you go to places like Mamayev Kurgen where no holds barred battles took place.
    In October 1942, when I was not quite 2 years old, my mother was raped, humiliated, mutilated and executed because she had the courage to fight as a partisan to defend her country. How many of you would have had the courage to do that? I don’t have a tab but I served 30 years as an infantry officer, with two tours of Vietnam, one with the 82nd and another with MACV. Despite that I’m pretty sure I would have hesitated to do what my mother did.
    You guys are supposed to be Y’s or Millenials, with an outlook that’s not only inclusive but leading us to a world with a new, inclusive future. I bet that few of the critics here have the balls to tell your wives, girlfriends or mothers what you say here!

    • guest

      Thanks for your service, so once again why is that man pointing a machine gun at the other mans chest? Does he have his finger on the trigger? it’s hard to tell. Is the safety on? Is that the firearm safety they teach the rangers? The top photo has someone pointing a weapon at his buddy. What ever happened to muzzle control?

      • Drunt

        women….not men.

  • Stefan S.

    Just wait or the trans-genders will want to serve openly. Liberal’s are a bigger threat than the Iranian mullahs.

  • mjng0302

    Number one, Even though I have never worn or ever tried to earn the tab, that doesn’t mean I cannot have an opinion, Number two, I was in the professional field of firefighting for 26 years and they lowered standards to the entrance physical, it created a lot of animosity for some and it created openings not just for women but men also who had no business in the field of firefighting. And there was an obvious fact that some of them didn’t want to fight fires at all, just wanted the paycheck!!!!! There is a reason that physical agility courses are as tough as they are, it’s to make sure you get the best of the best out of a field of 100 or even a 1000 people. Just because I don’t agree with some of you on this subject please don’t take it as me being discriminatory because that is not the case. It’s the fact that what’s right is right. If these women pass the course without standards being lowered then I say “way to go soldiers” but if the army secretly told the proctors “make sure one passes” then I say scheme on them, and do you really want to wear something you really didn’t earn honestly? Good luck to you all, and God bless America

  • Drunt

    Can anyone verify someone’s claim that the women selected actually got to shirk their duties and train with personal trainers for a year before starting Ranger School. If that’s true, then this “test” is fixed. No man gets to stop their duties for a year.

  • john e salnon

    I’ve heard they have professional mentors for them, a copy of their assigned duties’ would show that they had a year off?

  • SFTmLdr

    As a Ranger school graduate and Special Forces soldier there is no doubt in my mind that there are women that are strong and fit enough to meet the physical standards required. Ronda Rousey comes to mind. But what I find amusing is the Army’s prideful insistence that they have not changed the Ranger fitness standards to accommodate women. If that’s so important, why are the standards for the rest of the Army lower to accommodate women? I predict you won’t hear the feminists clamoring to make all women in the Army meet the same standards as men. This is all PC experimentation, pure and simple, and 99% of the folks pushing for it don’t have the slightest interest in participating in any of it.