Concerns Arise That Women Rangers Graduated Under Reduced Standards

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Congressman Steve Russell, a combat veteran and Ranger graduate, has sent a letter to the Secretary of the Army produce paperwork documenting the performance of the women who recently graduated Ranger School.

Steve Russell
Congressman Steve Russell

He requested patrol grade sheets, spot reports, phase evaluation reports and sick call reports, all “with Ranger Instructors’ comments for each and every phase to include every recycled phase and class, and peer evaluations”

Four weeks ago Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver became the first women to graduate from the Army’s demanding combat training school, which was established in 1951. The media and the Obama administration publicized it for days.

A third female soldier is currently in the final phase in Florida and could graduate next month.

“Our office recently received information from some people with the Ranger School who alleged they were not held to the same standards,” Daniel Susskind, Russell’s communications director, said late Tuesday. “We asked for the records to make sure that all of the people who passed the course deserved to pass it.”

Susskind said Russell was asking for information for all of the students, not just the women.

The Secretary of the Army is a White House insider and a political animal. It’s not likely he will respond.

The Army claims the standards were not relaxed and the women had to adhere to the demands made of the men, but there is reason to question it. The military is now politicized.

There is pressure on the Marines to lower their standards to get more women into the combat forces to satisfy the PC rules. The women who tried out failed but the leadership of the military services under Barack Obama consider it discrimination to not find a way to bring them into combat divisions.

When Obama opened direct land combat jobs to women in 2013, General Dempsey said that if women cannot meet a standard, senior commanders better have a good reason why it should not be lowered.

“If we do decide that a particular standard is so high that a woman couldn’t make it, the burden is now on the service to come back and explain to the secretary, why is it that high? Does it really have to be that high?”

This past week, the commandant of the Marine Corps recommended that women be excluded from competing from certain front-line combat jobs. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford submitted his recommendation to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Thursday. Mabus has no intention of honoring the request.

Dunford publicly submitted his Force Integration Plan Summary which indicates that units with women performed much less efficiently than units of all men. The study that the summary is based on will be released later this year.

 

Congressman Steve Russell's request to Secretary of the Army

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