Friday, December 12, 2014

Ranger School Open for Women

The U.S. Army has set aside 160 seats for females to attend Ranger School. They will first attend the two-week long Army National Guard Ranger Training and Assessment Course. On average, about 45 percent of Ranger School students will graduate. Many of the men fall out in the first few days during the physical fitness evaluation. The test gives candidates two minutes to do 49 push-ups, two minutes to do 59 sit-ups, and they must run five miles in 40 minutes and do six chin-ups. There is no word yet on whether the physical standards will be lowered for all students to accommodate the women, or if there will be different standards, or if the females will just have to "cowboy up" and pass the standards that men have. Read more in "Army sets 160 seats for female Ranger School volunteers"Army Times, December 5, 2014.

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