Ranger School Graduates Third Female Soldier

On October 16th 2015, Maj. Lisa Jaster graduated from the US Army Ranger School in Fort Benning, Ga. The major is the third female to graduate from the demanding school this year, and joins the ranks as one of only three women to have ever earned the Ranger tab to date. The other two women are Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, both earning their Ranger tabs back in August of this year.

Major Jaster has two children, 7 and 3 years old. She is currently in the Army Reserves and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2000. She works with Shell Oil in Houston, Texas as an engineer.

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Maj. Lisa Jaster

Like the majority of those who go through Ranger School, Jaster had to recycle one phase—the patrol phase, which is also the first phase of the school. The course is 62 days long if one does not have to recycle; Jaster took 180 days to finish the course, which is not that unusual if soldiers (male or female) have to recycle a phase. Only about 30% of soldiers make it through the course without at least one recycle; fewer than 50% of those who take on the school graduate at all.

The first two females, Griest and Haver, failed the first phase twice before making it to the second phase. Once they got through the patrol phase, the women did not have to recycle again.

For her part, Jaster recycled into the Florida swamps and Georgia mountains. During their course, candidates are graded on various skills and abilities by both their peers and school instructors as they lead small-unit patrols.

While many celebrate this new addition to the Ranger ranks, others are not happy. There are already questions being asked as to whether the females were given special treatment that allowed them to pass the course. Ranger School instructors and supervisors deny any special treatment was given. Even so, Rep. Steve Russell, Republican from Oklahoma, has requested that the Ranger School send him the records of the first two female graduates. Russell is one of two congressmen who have earned the Ranger tab.

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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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