Women soldiers, often abused, sexually harassed and passed over for promotion, were undeniably proud when two of their own recently enrolled in and passed the grueling Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia, joining the elite fighting force. Captain Kristen Griest and 1st Lieutenant Shaye Haver, both graduates of West Point, completed the exhausting 62-day course. However, their ability to successfully complete the course and the Army’s handling of them is now being called into question.
Republican Congressman Steve Russell of Oklahoma, a former combat veteran and Ranger graduate, can’t believe that these women passed the same course he did. So, in a letter sent to Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Russell is giving the Secretary until September 25th to disclose copies of these two soldiers’ test scores, evaluations, injuries and any pre-training they received.
“The training of our combat warriors is paramount to our national defense,” Russell wrote to McHugh. “In order to ensure that the Army retains its ability to defend the nation, we must ensure that our readiness is not sacrificed.”
The congressman says he has heard rumors that the women were given preferential treatment, allowed to re-take tests they failed previously, and received pre-training from the Army that other soldiers did not receive. In addition, the congressman alleges that the women did not carry the same weight as the other soldiers, and that Ranger instructors were ordered to keep quiet.
In an email, an Army spokesman wrote:
“There was no pressure from anyone to lower any standards – the standards remained the same and the Soldiers that graduated with their Ranger tabs on August 21, 2015 in Ranger Class 8-15 accomplished the very same demanding standards of Ranger School as previous classes.”
Something tells me Congressman Russell is just a little butt-hurt over the fact that a woman (two women, in fact), achieved the same honor he did. But then again, this is business-as-usual for the women-hating Republican Party.
Get over it, Congressman.
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