Among those marking the occasion will be Haver’s father, Christopher, a former Apache helicopter pilot and instructor who was once stationed at Fort Rucker with Company A, 1st/14th Aviation Regiment.
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‘Awesome to be a part of history’. 2 officer in the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade overseeing Ranger School, took to Facebook to blast those who have doubted the capabilities of the two women who will graduate from Ranger School this week, saying no matter what, some people will never give those women credit. She already had the athleticism and gravitas to be a leader in his Junior ROTC class, he said. “We can handle things physically and mentally on the same level as men”. “No woman that I know wanted to go to Ranger School if they changed standards, because then it degrades what the tab means”.
“It’s just completely amazing, “Chris Haver told the Associated Press”.
She added, “I think the battles that we won were individual….” Each event that we succeeded in, we kind of we winning hearts and finds as we went.
The Ranger Course is a 62-day course on leadership and small unit tactics that pushes Ranger students to their mental and physical limits by forcing them to operate on minimal food and sleep. “You’re way too tired and way too hungry to honestly care”, said Staff Sergeant Michael Calderon.
“She epitomizes everything a soldier is, and has shown that hard work and dedication will achieve extraordinary results”, the post said.
There’s no question they’ve earned the tabs that will be pinned on them.
Ranger School is so highly revered as to be practically mythological within Army culture.
“Haver was the most intense; she was the most vocal, she wasn’t afraid to speak up”, Sgt.
“I couldn’t be more proud and humbled by the experience”, Haver said.
“If there were any remaining questions about whether women could serve as combat leaders, those questions have been answered”, she said. Only the two women and 94 men met all the requirements for graduation. “She was faster, stronger, her ability was not to be matched”.
“She was great at planning”. She didn’t leave out anything. I know how much it takes out of you.
Haver and Griest were the only two females to finish the training out of 19 women who began the program.
The women and men endured several phases, including training in woods, mountains., and swamplands.
It’s not clear what awaits the female graduates, however.
While they are now unable to join the Ranger squad, senior officials told the AP the military services are poised to allow women to serve in most front-line combat jobs, including special operations forces. The Pentagon is not expected to make a final decision about the roles of women in combat until later this year.
Reporter: Captain Kristen groois, west point, military police.
Carter noted that the services must report to him by Sept. 30 on their “justifications, if there are any” for seeking an exception for certain billets rather than opening them up to all candidates, regardless of gender, who can meet the standards.
His fellow Ranger students responded with “a lot of deer-in-the-headlights looks”, he said.
The military made the pair and some of their Ranger classmates available to the media Thursday to discuss the milestone.