Women invited to apply for Ranger School

A new chapter in our series "Women in combat".....

;-)

The Army is looking for female soldiers who want to volunteer to attend Ranger school.

The call-out is part of the Army’s ongoing effort to determine whether and how to open combat arms military occupational specialties to women.

Senior Army leaders are expected to decide in January if they want to move forward with this one-time, integrated Ranger school assessment. If the assessment moves forward, it likely will take place in the spring, and the Army will need volunteers already in place and ready to go, officials said Friday.

If the assessment takes place, it will be a first for the storied Ranger school, which until now has been open only to men.

“Right now we’re going through the deliberate planning process, identifying volunteers, and selecting them over the next few months,” said Lt. Col. Alayne Conway, an Army spokeswoman. “In January, we’ll determine the feasibility of conducting an assessment of the Ranger course in the spring of 2015.”

As part of this potential assessment, the Army is seeking two groups of volunteers, as outlined in two separate All-Army Activity messages.

First, the Army is seeking female soldiers who want to attend Ranger school as students. Women in the ranks of specialist through major can apply. They must meet the physical qualifications and prerequisites required to attend Ranger School.

If selected, female volunteers who successfully complete and graduate from Ranger school will receive a graduation certificate and be awarded and authorized to wear the Ranger tab. However, pending future decisions about whether women will be allowed to serve in combat arms MOSs, they will not receive the associated Ranger skill identifiers or be assigned to Ranger coded units or positions.

Second, female soldiers can volunteer to serve as observers and advisors to the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade.

more at:

http://www.armytimes.com/article/20140912/NEWS/309120058/Women-invited-apply-Ranger-School
 

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Aren't they already in the USMC?

USMC have had women for years.... they don't work like us, though. You don't get to pick your trade. You join as a marine and Uncle Sam decides what you'd like to do for the next 22 years. Not sure exactly how that works out for girls but my pal Gunny Mac said there were women marines back in about y2k.
 
on a side point ,am i right in saying that the US military allows asthmatics into all units ,

it seems the Rangers have also got rid of those awful standard issue NHS spectacles.
 
There has been women in the USMC since 1918. Below picture dates back to WW2.

First_group_of_Women_Marine_Officer_Candidates_1943.jpg
 
yes there are female US marines i remember reading several years ago that the vast majority could not throw a grenade far enough without the detonation killing them . .
 
yes there are female US marines i remember reading several years ago that the vast majority could not throw a grenade far enough without the detonation killing them . .

Anyone would think they throw like girls.....oh..wait.
 
Gotta keep stereotypes going, one way or another!
It's not a Stereotype, I ran a live grenade range at Ft Hood in 2007 and units from all over III Corps sent people to it and without fail Females were barely able to throw a M67 Frag far enough to not be wounded by the detonation IF it were not for our reinforced concrete pits, having them wear full battle rattle made it even worse. They dont have the upper body strength for it, Add Body Armor and they damn near fall over just throwing practice grenades.
 
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Oh dear- I fear another 200 pages of crusties spitting and frothing at the mouth. The big thing about the Rangers is its seen as a leadership thing - many a career has been enhanced by earning the tab. To some its another tick in the box. The majority of people who go to Ranger School do not actually serve in the 3 Bns. Remember as well the key word in the article is 'assessment' not 'they WILL serve'.
 
There has been women in the USMC since 1918. Below picture dates back to WW2.

first_group_of_women_marine_officer_candidates_1943-jpg.177253


That bloke shouting at the now old biddies, I think he should parade behind the guard showing uniform pressed "IMACKLICATE" (as my CSM used to say) and both legs the same length
 
It's not a Stereotype, I ran a live grenade range at Ft Hood in 2007 and units from all over III Corps sent people to it and without fail Females were barely able to throw a M67 Frag far enough to not be wounded by the detonation IF it were not for our reinforced concrete pits, having them wear full battle rattle made it even worse. They dont have the upper body strength for it, Add Body Armor and they damn near fall over just throwing practice grenades.

Some seem to be pretty okay on the upper body...

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