U.S. Army officials announced in mid-August that two women had graduated from Ranger School for the first time in history.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) joined with the media and politicians in cheering the news.
Yet some people are questioning the circumstances surrounding the graduation and the Army is not happy with them for doing so.
In a September 22, 2015 article of People, Susan Katz Keating revealed that Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) had received allegations from within the Airborne & Ranger Training Brigade and Fort Benning, Georgia (where the Brigade is headquartered) that the Army had given women in Ranger School special treatment to ensure that at least one of them passed.
Yet the outrage is quite bizarre, particularly from the Army considering that it rarely responds in a similar fashion when people challenge it on other topics.
For instance, there has been no such outrage in the Army or DOD when the media and public officials accuse them of lying or having no integrity about sexual assaults, data on concussions, or the Marine study of women in combat.
Furthermore, the Army wasn’t particularly defensive when people (including currently serving troops) asked if it was trying to make women fail Ranger School.
In fact, the Army granted permission to the Post to republish its Facebook post in which it ripped those — including private citizens — who raised questions after women graduated.
Why then are the Army, the DOD, the media, and other women-in-combat advocates so outraged with people inquiring into how women graduated from Ranger School?
It’s a question civilian and military leaders, along with the public, probably should ask and quickly answer.
(Military enthusiasts and others interested in an unedited and in-depth version of this assessment can read it at the Security and Culture Intelligencer. Additional entries examining the U.S. push for women in combat and why it’s happening will also appear at SCI.)
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