Ranger Training Assessment Course to accept female soldiers in February 2015

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Ranger Training Assessment Course (RTAC) will open its doors to female soldiers for the first time this coming February. While the issue of placing female soldiers in front line, Tier 1 combat units has not been approved, allowing females into RTAC is what some seem to think will be the first step. What needs to be understood here is even if a female soldier successfully graduates RTAC, and then moves on to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP), they are by no means, a Ranger. All they would be authorized to wear is the Ranger tab, not the regimental scroll on their uniform or the distinctive tan beret.

A female soldier, at this time, is not allowed to serve in a Tier 1 combat unit like the 75th Ranger Regiment. For that to happen, there would need to be a change in the existing law to allow a female into those units. The tab on the uniform without the 75th Ranger Regiment scroll just means the soldier in question completed the course and has a basic understanding of what it takes to be a Ranger.

From the following article, it would appear that there are already some modifications being considered to the course to accept female soldiers. This was a concern for Rangers as to them, any modification to the existing training regime would not uphold the standards of the unit.

For more information, see the following links:

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/10/01/deadlines-loom-for-female-applicants-to-us-army-ranger-school.html?ESRC=navy.nl

http://www.armytimes.com/article/20140929/CAREERS/309290020/Women-Ranger-School-New-details-application-deadlines

http://army.com/info/spec-ops/rangers/training

http://www.benning.army.mil/tenant/wtc/pr.htm

http://www.goarmy.com/ranger/training/rasp.html

http://www.businessinsider.com/behind-the-scenes-at-the-army-ranger-school-2012-10?op=1

 

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