The controversy surround women in ranger school.
A group of female West Point graduates has turned the tables on Oklahoma congressman Steve Russell, asking the Army to turn over his Ranger records.
The request from Russell comes almost four weeks after Capt. Kristen Griest, a military police officer, and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, an attack helicopter pilot, became the first women to graduate from the Army’s most demanding combat training school, which was established in 1951.
According to an exclusive story in People Magazine, the congressman has given the Pentagon until Friday to hand over the test scores and other documents related to their training.
She compared what is happening now with the questioning of the women who have attended and completed Ranger School with what she and her West Point classmates endured.
The Ranger School prepares members of the Armed Forces to serve as leaders and members of elite combat forces tasked with dismounted infantry, airborne, airmobile, amphibious, and independent squad and platoon size operations. “Ranger instructors and their leaders are known for their integrity but somehow when women pass the standard that integrity is no longer respected”. “As one of only two Ranger-qualified members of the House, I asked for the records to determine the nature of the allegations”.
The criticism online and in social media has been so persistent that Maj.
Russell also cited his own experience in Ranger School. “Standards remain the same”, Miller said. “A 12-mile march is still a 12-mile march”.
The West Point women say the Ranger’s Code is similar to West Point, adding that the congressman’s implication that the female Rangers were in some way dishonest goes against their core values. But the letter to McHugh specifically asks for information on “the female graduates and those female candidates that entered Ranger School May 1”.
“One of the reasons you’re seeing such strong reaction from West Point women is that the arguments being made and the objections being raised are the same stuff that we have heard for decades”, Fulton said.