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.