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The U.S. Army has confirmed Maj. Lisa Jaster, Class of 2000, will become the third female graduate of U.S. Army Ranger School tomorrow. Upon graduation, Jaster will join fellow graduates, Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, as the Army’s only Ranger qualified females. Ranger School instills the Ranger Creed’s values of not quitting, teamwork, flexibility, and leadership through difficult standards based training.
This week’s news roundup brings to you a collection of articles related to this historic moment.
Latest Female to Graduate Ranger School Is 37-Year-Old Mother of Two. Military.com. “The West Point graduate had to repeat all three phases of the two-month course. Jaster follows two of her Ranger School classmates -- Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, who earned their Tabs in an Aug. 21 in a historic ceremony at Fort Benning. When Jaster graduates on Oct. 16, she will have spent 180 days in the course, the release states.”
Third Female Ranger School Student Likely to Graduate. The Sitrep. “Jaster graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2000. She is an avid CrossFit athlete and performed in several weightlifting competitions before pursuing the Ranger tab.”
Third female set to graduate Army Ranger School. Military1. “Previously, Ranger School had been open only to men. That changed as the Army conducted a pilot program earlier this year. After Haver and Griest graduated, the school was opened to all soldiers -- male or female -- who qualified to attend. Only 3 percent of the Army's soldiers have earned the Ranger tab.”
Army Ranger School has a groundbreaking new graduate: Lisa Jaster, 37, engineer and mother.The Washington Post. “Jaster, on the other hand, has had an even more unconventional path. Like Griest and Haver, she is a part of the first generation of women who will be able to earn the Ranger tab. But she’s also a higher-ranking officer in the Army Reserve, a mother of two children, and an engineer who temporarily left a position with the Shell Oil Company in Houston to tackle Ranger School.”