Female Rangers Given Special Treatment? Extra Training, Lowered Benchmarks Allegedly Given To The Women

Tara West - Author

Sep. 26 2015, Updated 6:57 p.m. ET

Shaye Haver and Kristen Griest made history when they became the first women to graduate from the Army’s elite Ranger School. However, some are questioning if the women truly earned the distinguished honor. Reports claim that the women received “special treatment” unlike their male counterparts. Allegations include extra training and lowered benchmarks for female Ranger candidates as Army officials vowed “at least one of them will pass” even before classes began.

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The Daily Mail reports that some are questioning if female Rangers Shaye Haver and Kristen Griest were held to the same standards as male Rangers during Ranger School training. Reports indicate that claims of extra training support, lowered benchmarks and special treatment were given to the female candidates that male candidates did not receive.

One particularly distinguishing treatment that the women allegedly received was a Ranger School preparation course. It was claimed that the women were sent to a special camp to prepare for the courses. The program was allegedly ran by Sergeant First Class Robert Hoffnagle, a top Ranger School graduate, at Fort Benning. According to the allegations, the women received nutritional advice, special training and tips on how to prepare for each course they would need to complete once at official Ranger School. However, it was noted that male Ranger candidates were not given the same opportunity to attend the preparation course as the women.


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