The Army’s first females to graduate Ranger School knew they faced skeptics going into the course, but proceeded undaunted to the end, the graduates told the press Thursday afternoon. The two women – Captain Kristen Griest and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver – appeared alongside fellow Ranger School graduates at Ft. Benning, Georgia, to talk about their experiences in the Army’s famed small units tactical course.
Both Griest and Haver said they understood that many people neither believed they could complete the course nor wanted them there.
“We had our guards up, but no chips on our shoulders,” said Haver, a military police officer from Orange, Connecticut. The women knew that they had to prove to their fellow students that they could be trusted. “Every time we accomplished something, it gave us a foothold as part of the team.”
Friend of the blog SKK (it’s not a Russian weapon!) gives the female Ranger School grads a writeup in People magazine.