Well, I for one have never been a naysayer on this issue. Quite the opposite --- I wish them all the best in this challenging endeavor. That said, I think it might be a bit premature to be doing a "happy dance" ... after all, it was just "the first day of Ranger school" and it was just a "PT test" ...
This isn't news and the article is much more sexist than it intended to be. The entire point of this exercise is to promote equality between male and female soldiers. Claiming 16 of 19 female soldiers made it past day one is like patting a driver on the back for doing one lap of the Indy 500: that's the bare minimum and is expected. I'm actually surprised even 3 failed. Not sure why you would show up if you couldn't pass. Newsflash, 302 male soldiers pass the PT test. And...so what? Save the congratulations for those who actually complete the course and don't blow one thing on the first day out of proportion. You're basically saying to them, "Hey, that's pretty good...for a girl." Anyone can pass a PT test on any given day but if any of the 16 remaining can meet the challenges and exceed the standards for the next 60 days, then you'll have your story.
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