Two Women Advance to Final Phase of Army Ranger School

"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)"

Two of the three female officers attending U.S. Army Ranger School have advanced into the final phase of the all-male infantry course, Fort Benning, Ga., officials announced Friday.

The two females and 125 men successfully completed the 18-day Mountain Phase of the course and will begin the third and final, Swamp Phase of Ranger School, located at Camp Rudder in Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., on Aug. 2.

One woman and 60 men will be recycled, or given a second attempt at passing Mountain Phase of Ranger School, which starts Saturday, Aug. 8.

“The Ranger students, both male and female, are two-thirds of the way done with Ranger School. I was very impressed with the students’ toughness at leading platoon-size patrols in the North Georgia Mountains, during this extremely hot summer,” said Col. David Fivecoat, commander of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, in the July 31 release.

“The coastal swamps of Florida will continue to test the students-only the best will be successful and earn the Ranger Tab,” he added.

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  • Me in Mo

    Let the misogyny commence.

  • W Carter

    I bet Rhonda Rowsey would be tough enough for Ranger school. Given she could pass the other aspects of it besides the physical part.

  • Edward

    All because Obama lowers the standards and want again to wreak the military.

  • Stefan S.

    The trans-genders are next according to a Pentagon report!

  • guest

    Orders have come down from the very highest civilian command levels that the services will have complete gender equality, in all branches of combat arms by 01/01/16. This include the various Spec Ops.

  • bill

    Ok if they get through Ranger selection but can they get the lid off a jar of pickles?

    • Guest

      I doubt that’s a qual. If you’d like to fight a war with your pickle, go ahead.

  • JohnD

    Good for,them as long as standards were met. This will come to,ll male dominated areas eventually. Suck it up cupcake! That is progress!

    • guest

      It makes us happy and full of joy. More of our sisters need to try out.

  • CPT Lora Thompson

    Other Nations have women already doing training such as this- they are lethal and effective as Solders and Warriors. The physical toughness is overcome by the mental toughness. Maybe some of our women did not make it through the first time – but lets remember all the men that have not passed either. It is about being the best of the best- the toughest…the one who endures and can pull it out of their gut and then some. ANYONE who completes this course deserves our respect. Male or Female! And one day, our females are going to put a boot up beside your head (or your butt) to those who still think we are the weaker sex. CPT Lora Thompson (32 yrs in Army)

  • Jessica Snatchlicker

    Women are weaker and will always be weaker.