Female soldiers will soon undergo a one-time assessment at the Army Ranger School, set to start in April with about 60 female volunteers on board. Those who graduate the course will receive a Ranger tab, officials have said.
Q - Is this the same Ranger course that the men attend?
A: I hope so. The Pre-Ranger course at Bragg seems to be the same. 4 women at Bragg are currently in Pre-Ranger, having passed day-0 entry here. Former teammates of mine are in the class and verified all events were given to the same standard. Originally, 12 started and only 4 made it. The guys had no complaints about the four who did.
Q - I wonder if there is a requirement, (official or unofficial) that a certain % pass?
A: No idea, and I hope not. That would cheapen the experience and be an insult to the women and men attending.
Q - With the Ranger tab, would they then be considered SOF?
A: Not unless they serve in one of the three Ranger Battalions, SF Group, CA, or MISO. Earning the Ranger tab means you are Ranger-qualified, nothing more. I went from Ranger School to mechanized infantry for four years before attending the Q Course.