3 Female Soldiers Receive Another Chance to Earn Army Ranger Tab

3 Female Soldiers Receive Another Chance to Earn Army Ranger Tab

June 09, 2015

3 Female Soldiers Receive Another Chance to Earn Army Ranger Tab

Leaders at Rangers School gave three females soldiers a second chance to earn an Army Ranger Tab. Out of 19 female soldiers who began the the first phase of U.S. Army Ranger School, only one female major and two female first lieutenants were given the option to start over from day one with a new class or go home. According to leaders at Ranger School, the female soldiers were not given any special treatment as the same opportunity was offered to male soldiers.

Command Sgt. Maj. Curt Arnold, the CSM of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade said, "We do them no favors. There are folks that are being negative saying 'hey you are giving them a chance you didn't give the guys' and that is absolutely not true. Every soldier, if they earn the right, we are going to offer it to them."

The three females soldiers will repeat U.S. Army Ranger School starting on June 22.

According to Fox News...

Fort Benning, Ga., held its first co-ed course of Army Ranger School on April 20. Nineteen women and 380 men were pre-screened for the combat training course.
Three of the women failed to pass the Ranger Physical Fitness Assessment, a requirement to enter Ranger School. Eight out of 16 female soldiers completed the Ranger Assessment Phase, or RAP week.
But the remaining eight females weren't able to complete the first phase and advance to the second phase of the course. Instead, they were allowed to repeat the Darby Phase along with 101 male candidates.
Fort Benning officials announced May 29 that none of the eight passed the Darby Phase on their second attempt. Three of those females, along with five males, have been invited to start over on day one.


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