Yes, Women Can Be Army Rangers, Too

If you listen to the liberals long enough, you would think that the country is against every minority – Black, Latino, and women. That’s simply not the case, and the military is willing to show the diversity.

If you want a position bad enough, you have to work for it. Don’t think that just because you’re a minority that things are going to get dropped in your lap. That’s not the way that the world works.

Women can be Army Rangers – it just requires the same level of discipline. There are no different requirements for the genders when it comes to obtaining the title of Army Ranger. If you want it, you have to earn it.

Lt. Col. Lisa A. Jaster is the third woman who has graduated from the initial integrated Ranger School Course – and she’s also the first reservist.

There’s a saying that resonates significantly in military circles: Always Earned, Never Given.

What’s the sense of working for anything if it isn’t earned?

Titles of Army Ranger are not given out – they are earned. The Army doesn’t care about your gender or the color of your skin. The only thing they care about is whether you’re capable of meeting the requirements in order to graduate from the course.

If you can do it, you’re given the title. If not, you can choose to start the program over again or you can choose another aspect of the military that you are better suited for.

There’s a reason why the Rangers are considered the best of the best within the Army – they’ve worked hard to get to where they are. While it may be a male-dominated section, it is not exclusive to men – as three women have already proven.

There are specific job requirements: be socially aware, be physically fit, be tactically, and technically proficient. These are requirements each and every time a Ranger shows up for the job. Failure to do so can lead to someone getting killed.

Jaster knows that it’s not easy to garner respect – especially because she’s a female and because she only stands at 5’4”. When so much of the military is based on physicality, she works hard to gain respect – and she does that through meetings, through the work she does, and through various formation runs.

Jaster isn’t the kind of person who is going to complain that she has to uphold the same standards as everyone else. It would be wrong to request different standards – the standards are there to keep everyone in the unit safe.

This is what so many don’t realize about the military. It is not an equal opportunity employer. The military won’t employ anyone who can’t meet the physical and technical requirements because to do so would put everyone at a disadvantage. The military is a team effort – and one weakness becomes the weakness of everyone.

Jaster was given the opportunity to attend Ranger School in 2015 – and she earned the Ranger Tab, a coveted honor.

The creed says it all: “I accept the fact that as a Ranger, my country expects me to move further, faster, and fight harder than any other Soldier.”

Soldier – not man, not woman, not Caucasian or Black or Hispanic. The definition is purely for a soldier – anyone can apply but few will pass the requirements.

It’s important to identify that women can be Army Rangers, but the requirements and the definition don’t change simply because the gender is outside of the “norm.”

Jaster and other women have proven that they’re up for the challenge. In the U.S., we need more women like them to lead by shining example. Stop crying out that there are too many discriminating parties to break out of the mold. With enough willpower and enough confidence, anything is possible. Breakaway from the stereotypes and prove that anyone can be Army Rangers…or Navy Seals…or anything else that a person has the desire to be.