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A strange thing happened last year. Several women completed US Army Ranger School successfully. They earned the coveted Army Ranger tab. The pundits said this would never happen…never. The reasons provided were many, but are best summed up in a single sentence…women are not strong enough to become a ranger. Well, the doubters were wrong.

I went to Ranger School many years ago, and I can tell you it is tough. In fact, it is the hardest thing I have ever completed in my lifetime. You experience both food and sleep deprivation. The days are long and hard, and you are asked to push yourself further than you can imagine. So, how in the world did women complete the course. It was simple. They stayed strong, both mentally and physically, and did not ask for special treatment. They lived out the third stanza of the Ranger creed. You can learn an important lesson from them. You are better than you realize and can go further than you think. The questions is whether or not you are willing to push yourself. I encourage you to be a bad ass. The reward is worth the effort. Now get out there, and get after it.

Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one-hundred-percent and then some.
– Third Stanza of Ranger Creed


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