Four months after 19 women entered the Army’s elite Ranger School as part of a one-time, integrated assessment, two have completed the grueling course, earning the coveted black-and-gold Ranger tab. They are the first women to ever do so.
Prior to attending the two-month long course, candidates must complete the four-day Ranger Assessment Phase, which wipes out the majority of applicants — more than half of all failures occur during the four-day assessment. Eight of the women passed the assessment and moved on to Darby phase, where they were twice given the chance to recycle. After the second attempt, three were given a “Day 1 recycle,” an option offered to regular Ranger School students, and eventually advanced to Mountain phase, where two continued on to the Swamp phase, while a third restarted Mountain phase where she is now. The Army has not revealed the identities of the two women who passed, or the name of the third who is still attending the course.
“Whether I agree or disagree with it, they have changed my mind,” Sgt. Major Colin Boley, the operations sergeant major for the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, told Foreign Policy. “I didn’t think that they would physically be able to bear the weight and I thought they would quit or get hurt, and they have proved me wrong.”
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.