TWO WOMEN ARMY RANGERS
This year, the United States began putting WOMEN ARMY RANGERS (women in ranges of the military), in which female soldiers had been excluded before. The initiative granted nineteen women and 381 men to add in the elite Ranger School, one of the most brutal practice program available for U.S. soldiers. Two women and 94 men passed the hard program, and on Friday, the two will write history by getting diplomas as the first female Army Rangers in the country.
To get an idea of the sort of the practice they went through to get their Ranger Tab, here are a couple things the hard two-month procedure asks troops to do: Walk a twelve-mile foot march in three hours, do three parachute jumps, complete a series of bump courses and physical strength tests, and complete a seventeen-day practice in a Florida mud while holding over 70 pounds of equipment. It should hardly come as a surprise that the pass rate for the Ranger School drifts around 40 percent. “This course has proven that every Soldier, regardless of gender, can accomplish his or her full potential,” Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh said in a statement.
The following step for full gender assimilation in the military will be to grant these rare women to try out for the Army Rangers’ special operations force, the 75th Ranger Regiment, which still forbids female soldiers from getting in Retiring Army Chief of Staff General Raymond T. Odierno pointed to the the Washington Post that he hopes this policy will change in the near future. In the meantime, we’ll be waiting for the conditional biopic on these two forthcoming Ranger graduates.