History in the Making- First Women to Graduate Ranger School

1st. Lt. Shaye Haver, Class of 2012

1st. Lt. Shaye Haver, Class of 2012


Capt. Kristen Griest, Class of 2011

Women can do all! First Lt. Shaye Haver of Copperas Cove, Texas, and Capt. Kristen Griest of Orange, Connecticut are making history today as they join the 94 male soldiers, at Fort Benning, Georgia who will all be rocking the Ranger tab at graduation. These two women are the first to complete the Army’s extremely difficult Ranger School, and even though they are still not eligible to join the elite 75th Ranger Regiment, they have made leaps and bounds for the cause.

When it comes to anything Military there are still so many jobs and areas that are not open to women, claiming we cannot keep up with the boys and taxing requirements. (PHAALEASE!!!) That is why today is just so amazing, these two women, Haver and Griest, have made many who stand by those beliefs eat their words.

As I have kept up with these two girls and the moment in history they are claiming, I couldn’t believe some of the comments. A few times to many, I saw people saying it wasn’t that big of  a deal because they had been trying to complete the course since 2011/2012. Well, good people, this is what I have to say to you: Its takes extreme strength, dedication, and drive to get back up after failure and to keep trying. There are thousands you flunk out of the class and head back home with their tail between their legs, but NOT THESE WOMEN! They have fought, struggled, and risen from their failures stronger, braver, and ready for anything.

We here at FGN stand in ovation of First Lt. Shaye Haver and Capt. Kristen Griest. You did it!


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