According to a well-placed source at Fort Benning, Georgia who has reported reliably in the past, all eight of the remaining women Ranger candidates in the current class failed out and are being recycled.
Last month, 19 women made the cut to begin Ranger School with Class 6-15. Eight of them made it past the first week, progressing into the “patrolling” phase of training. Now, none remain. The women candidates were cut for a number of reasons, including negative observation reports from cadre and/or failing patrols. Some were also reportedly “peered out” by their fellow candidates.
While some may see this development as vindication of the line of thinking that “women can’t hack Ranger School,” I contend that this sentiment remains to be proven or disproven. What I find personally encouraging is that the cadre seem committed—and more importantly, empowered—to not “give” any female candidates their tabs. The female candidates MUST be held to the same standard if Ranger School is to remain a credible program . . . and for now at least, it appears that they are.
Those female candidates wishing to continue their training will recycle to Class 7-15, which has a projected graduation date of July 10th. We wish the best of luck to all of the candidates out there struggling to earn their Ranger Tab—keep fighting on to your Ranger objective, and never, ever quit.
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