Professor of Gender and War. University of Sydney

Last Woman in Ranger School Recycles Swamp Phase

SUMMARY: The last remaining woman in the US Army’s Ranger School will be ‘recycled’ to attempt the final Swamp phase again. If she graduates, she will join Captain Kristen Griest and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver as the first female graduates of Ranger School. The Army has subsequently announced that it would remove all restrictions on women attending Ranger School in the future. General Mark A Milley has rationalised the decision in terms of combat readiness, saying, “giving every qualified soldier the opportunity to attend the Ranger Course, the Army’s premier small unit leadership school, ensures we are maintaining our combat readiness today, tomorrow and for future generations.”

SOURCES: Dan Lamothe, September 15 2015, ‘Last Woman at Army’s Ranger School held back from graduating, but still could pass course,’ The Washington Post,

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