- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 20, 2015

Maj. Jim Hathaway, the No. 2 officer in the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade overseeing Ranger School, took to Facebook to blast those who have doubted the capabilities of the two women who will graduate from Ranger School this week, saying no matter what, some people will never give those women credit.

Since it was announced that the Army would allow women to participate in the grueling Ranger School course this summer for the first time, critics have blasted the program, alleging instructors must have dropped standards to accommodate the women.

The women were allowed to participate in the training as part of a one-time experience the Army conducted to determine whether and how to incorporate women into combat roles.

“We could have invited each of you to guest walk the entire course, and you would still not believe,” Maj. Hathaway wrote on Facebook. “We could have video recorded every patrol and you would still say that we ‘gave’ it away. Nothing we say will change your opinion.”

The two 1st lieutenants — Kristen Griest, a military police officer, and Shaye Haver, an Apache helicopter pilot — will be among 96 graduates at a Ranger School ceremony Friday at Fort Benning, Georgia. Lt. Griest is expected to be promoted to captain afterward.

In his post, Maj. Hathaway blasted critics for doubting the integrity of Ranger School trainers as well as the capabilities of the two women.

“The Ranger instructors are professional noncommissioned Officers and trained the Ranger students the same way they have since 1952,” Maj. Hathaway wrote. “If you believe nothing else, you should have faith in your fellow Rangers to adhere to their beliefs and the Ranger Creed.”

Maj. Hathaway went on address specific accusations that had been made about the women receiving special treatment such as extra sleep and less physical training, saying such rumors were absolutely false and that the female Ranger School students were held to the exact same standards as the men.

He said rumors that instructors were told to pass the two women before their training started in Florida because President Obama would be present at the graduation ceremony, were “ridiculous” and “absolutely false.”

The Washington Post confirmed with White House Staff that Mr. Obama would not be attending Friday’s ceremony.

The post has been shared multiple times on Ranger Facebook pages and West Point social media pages.

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