Congressman seeks Ranger School records after women graduate

US Army
Posted at 11:40 AM, Sep 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-25 10:36:51-04

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - An Oklahoma congressman is seeking training records from the Army Ranger School at Georgia's Fort Benning, where two soldiers made history last month by becoming the first females to graduate.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that Republican Rep. Steve Russell is asking the Secretary of the Army for paperwork documenting the women's performance.

Russell's spokesman, Daniel Susskind, said the congressman is asking for the records to make sure that soldiers who passed the course deserved to do so.

Commanders at Fort Benning, where the Ranger School is based, have said repeatedly that any women who attempted the course were held to the same standards as men.

Russell, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, was part of a congressional delegation that visited the Ranger School in April, shortly after the women began the course.