After much hemming and hawing, it appears that a female Army officer has graduated from the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP) meaning that she will soon be assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment. When combat arms were opened to female soldiers, we wrote about how the Regiment had done statistical analysis to request a waiver which would prevent women from serving in the unit. Later, we also reported on how standards were being lowered to allow women to enter into the Regiment.
When all is said and done, the reality is now upon the Ranger Regiment. The first woman will show up at the unit this spring. What the future holds for the integration of women into the Regiment remains to be seen, but we hope that leaders are planning ahead rather than just holding their breath, hiding under a blanket, and hoping that it all works out.
A female officer has completed the Army’s rigorous selection process for its storied 75th Ranger Regiment and is on her way to joining a unit in the next few months, according to a spokesman for Army Special Operations Command. The soon-to-be first female Ranger passed the 75th Ranger Regiment’s Ranger Assessment and Selection Program II program in December, said Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt.
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