Five female soldiers out of 26 passed the Ranger Assessment Training Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, on Jan. 30, which is a first in the history of the program. The assessment is the first step for soldiers wishing to attend the Army’s storied Ranger School, which is conducting a one-time gender assessment in April as the service considers integrating female soldiers into combat arms. Female soldiers who make it through Army Ranger School will not be permitted to join the 75th Ranger Regiment, though they will wear the coveted Army Ranger tab --- and have some serious bragging rights among fellow soldiers, male and female.
The female applicants had a one in five pass rate, compared to the male soldiers who had a 55% pass rate. However, given the expectation held by some that women are not physically or mentally fit for Ranger School, a 19% passing rate is a strong indicator that this perception is soon to be dispelled. According to Army Times, historical data shows that more than half of the soldiers who complete the Ranger Assessment Training Course go on to complete Ranger School.
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.