DoA Says Ranger School Was Not Rigged for Female Candidates

It was bound to happen: some people, learning that two females had made it though Ranger school, would begin to insinuate that the course had been rigged in order for them to qualify for the coveted Ranger tab. The Army has been quick in denouncing those insinuations…and rightfully so.

On Sept. 25, the Army posted a stern denial that any part of the Ranger school course had been “fixed” to help the female candidates pass. The statement was made by Brig. Gen. Malcom B. Frost, who is the Army’s chief of public affairs. He denounced a recent story that had appeared in People Magazine that said Army Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver had been given special treatment. He said the accusations were “flat-out wrong” and “pure fiction.”

The article in question was written by Susan Katz Keating with the headline: “Was It Fixed? Army General Told Subordinates: ‘A Woman Will Graduate Ranger School,’ Sources Say.”

As is often the case with this type of “reporting,” Keating does not (or cannot) identify her sources. She based her story on “a source with knowledge of events at the sprawling Georgia Army post,” the magazine article said. “Even though this was supposed to be just an assessment, everyone knew. The results were planned in advance,” the article quoted the source as saying.

General Frost fired back as he picked off her list of allegations.

Ranger Tab“The latest attack on the integrity of the United States Army by People magazine’s Susan Keating is more than inaccurate, it is pure fiction,” Frost said. “She claimed that women were allowed to repeat a Ranger training class until they passed, while men were held to a strict pass/fail standard. That is false.”

Had Keating done any research at all she would have learned that, on average, about 25 percent of those in Ranger school make it through without having to repeat one or more phases. This is according to leaders from the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade.

Frost went to say: “She (Keating) charged that women regularly practiced on Ranger School’s land navigation course while men saw it for the first time when they went to the school. Again, false. She accused an Army general of calling female candidates together to tell them they could not quit the course. Yet again, false.”

Using Twitter (of all things) Keating defended her work saying that she had been refused requests to interview Maj. Gen. Scott Miller, commander of the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga as well requests to talk with Ranger Instructors alone.

This story is not over yet as at least one lawmaker, Rep. Steve Russell, R-Okla., wants to see documentation from Army Secretary John McHugh as to whether or not the two females received special treatment. To counter this, one of the very first females to make it through West Point, Sue Fulton, wants to check on Russell’s military record (Russell went through Ranger school and passed back during the Iraq war).

Author note: We will see how this pans out, but until there is undeniable proof otherwise, these two females should be given the respect they have earned.

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Robert Partain

Robert Partain has been a professional writer for over 25 years. He spent ten years on active duty in the Army working as a medic and training NCO. While he covers any topic associated with military life, he specializes in writing about legislation that can affect active duty service members and veterans. Robert currently lives in the small town of Arab, Alabama.
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  1. There is a certain irony about this whole uproar. The purpose of a training course such as this is to train those who complete it to undertake a particular function – in those case, being a Ranger.

    Will Capt Griest or Lt Haver ever perform duty as Ranger Officers? If not, then why did the Army waste the taxpayer’s money sending them to the course? It kind of reminds me of those people you see with parachute wings who did that course but never made another jump in anger.

    So to me the proof of the pudding is in the eating. I will reserve my judgment on whether this was a PR job until I see how Griest and Haver perform as Ranger Officers leading other Rangers on operations. Until then, the jury is still out. Of course, if media predictions are correct, and both officers simply return to their previous duties never to become Rangers, then the Army brass in general, and Malcolm Frost in particular, will have a lot of embarrassing questions to answer.

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