May 13, 2015
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Opinions vary widely on whether military women belong in direct combat positions while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The most touted justification for allowing females in combat is simply because they want to. The majority reason is purely anatomical and physiological for those who do not support combat Military Occupation Specialties (MOS’s) to be open to women.
Many critics of allowing women in a combat MOS claim that women can’t physically perform the same rigorous tasks as their male counterparts, nor do their normal bodily functions allow for them to be without proper hygiene facilities for potential months at a time while in combat situations.
Earlier this year, the United States Army allowed 138 women to attempt to qualify for the first ever gender-integrated Ranger School. Initially, all females were required to attend one of four separate qualifying Ranger Training Assessment Courses (RTAC), during which they would learn valuable skills that they may not have previously had the opportunity to acquire in preparation for the actual Ranger School which began in late April.
Just 8 of those 19 women were able to get through RAP week and continue with the Army Ranger School’s intensely rigorous, three-phase, two-month-long course.
The Army Times reported on Friday that of the 8 female soldiers who began the first phase of the physically and mentally punishing Ranger School’s combat leadership course at Fort Benning, Georgia, known as the Darby Phase, none were able to complete it.
Roughly fifty-percent of the original male soldiers and none of the female soldiers will go on to the second phase, in their quest for the coveted Army Ranger tab.
Fox News reports that all 8 women and 101 males that failed out of the Darby phase at least did well enough that they are being “recycled,” meaning they have the opportunity to try the Darby phase again, beginning on May 14th at Fort Benning.
At this time, the standards for female soldiers participating in the Army Ranger School have not been lowered in comparison to the standards expected of the male participants, nor do I believe that the women who are actually involved desire that to happen. Typically, it’s the feminist special interest groups who have no tangible investment that try to push their own agenda with those sorts of demands.
According to Maj. Gen. Scott Miller, commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, he expects the same standards to be met, regardless of gender.
“I want to make it really clear. If they do not meet the prerequisites at the RTAC, I’m not recommending them to move forward to the Ranger course,” Miller said. “We’re trying to set the soldiers up for the best possible chance of success as we go forward. This is soldiers being afforded the opportunities commensurate with their abilities.”
Although I agree wholeheartedly that Ranger School standards should never be adjusted for women, I give much respect to the female soldiers who have attempted to earn their Ranger tab in going through this grueling school. I look forward to hearing how the remaining 8 women fare in their next go at the Darby phase beginning later this week.
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Disclaimer: This was not written by Lorra B.