Women entered Ranger School, one of the most physically tough and mentally demanding schools the Army offers, for the first time last Monday. Historically, this grueling first week has the largest attrition rate compared to other phases of the school. 8 out of 19 women remain, fitting within typical male percentages at this point in the course. So far, the women are proportionally keeping up with the men, thereby proving their prowess and pushing back against arguments attacking their credibility.
Only time will tell if women will graduate or not, but up until this point they have kept up with predicted percentages. Hopefully, structures in place will prevent peering out, (a peer review system in which the lowest ranked soldiers are removed from the course) solely based on gender as these women continue to prove themselves against the male standard.
The women made it through Ranger Assessment Phase, commonly known as “RAP Week,” along with 184 men, said officials at Fort Benning, Ga., where Ranger School is held. About 40 percent of students have historically made it through the phase, which includes everything from chin-ups and push-ups to an exhausting 12-mile road march and a water survival test that calls for climbing along a rope that is suspended over water. Ranger School was opened to women for the first time ever starting Monday as the Pentagon assesses which new combat assignments it should allow women to hold. Army officials said 381 men and 19 women started on Day 1, meaning 48.3 percent of men and 42.1 percent of women made it through RAP Week. Both are within historic norms for Ranger School, Army officials said.