Army Ranger School: Did Women Graduates Receive Special Treatment?

Two women graduated from U.S. Army Ranger School earlier this year, the first since October, 2015. The two officers graduated with 117 others and all have now added the Ranger tab to their uniforms. This now makes a total of five women who are now Rangers. The question is: were they all given the same course standards as the men – or were they given “special treatment”?

However, back in 2015, allegations were made by active service members that the women were given special treatment in order for them to complete the course. One observer posted training standards were changed for the women: bayonet training and pugile stick training were removed;

Indeed, Susan Keating wrote the sources revealed

Women were first sent to a special two-week training in January to get them ready for the school, which didn’t start until April 20. Once there they were allowed to repeat the program until they passed – while men were held to a strict pass/fail standard. 

• Afterward they spent months in a special platoon at Fort Benning getting, among other things, nutritional counseling and full-time training with a Ranger.

• Once in the school they were allowed to repeat key parts – like patrols – while special consideration was not given to the men. 

• A two-star general made personal appearances to cheer them along during one of the most challenging parts of the school, multiple sources tell PEOPLE.

This was a devastating report. But, needless to say, the Army denied it. Maj Gen. Scott Miller reported to The Army Times,

“Standards remain the same. The five-mile run is still five miles. The 12-mile march is still 12 miles. There was no pressure from anyone above me to change standards.”

But course instructors claimed that statement was false. One unnamed instructor was quoted,

We were under huge pressure to comply. It was very much politicized.”

In addition, one Veteran helicopter pilot (Lt. Col., ret.), who flew during three tours in Vietnam, said,”

“Of course the Army denied it. I have talked with some that was going through when they went through. It was obvious that one or more would pass. They took all the lane graders off post and put very senior officers, plus one general on as lane graders. If that isn’t fishy I don’t know what is Under Obama, the political correctness has run amuck and all of it has not stopped. If Trump does not get a hold on all the social engineering crap going on in the military, we can hang it up as a top nation.

In November, 2015, Ranger Graduate (Lt. Col., ret) Rep. Steve Russell, asked the Army to provide him with documents related to the first two female students in the Ranger School. After reading the Army’s response, Russell announced on his Facebook page that:

“The training of our combat warriors is paramount to our national defense. … In order to ensure that the Army retains its ability to defend the nation, we must ensure that our readiness is not sacrificed.”

Unfortunately, no further news has since been reported.

So what are you going to believe?

Most probably, the reduced standards were put in place for the female participants in the Ranger program. However, this story is now most likely at a dead-end. In other words, what’s done is done and won’t be undone!

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Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at

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