​Maj. Lisa Jaster, Mother Of Two, Becomes Third Woman To Graduate Army Ranger School

Maj. Lisa Jaster
Author: Kara GilmourBy:
Staff Reporter
Oct. 14, 2015

Maj. Lisa Jaster is now the third woman to graduate from U.S. Army Ranger School is just two months. She is the mother of two children, ages 7 and 3, and serves as an Army reservist, according to News Max.

Jaster, 37, has successfully completed the Florida phase of the Army’s toughest combat leadership school. Lisa is scheduled to graduate on Friday at Fort Benning, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.

Army officials declined to comment on Sunday. Previously, the Army has made official announcements late Monday or Tuesday regarding classes that included the women.

Maj. Lisa Jaster graduates from U.S. Army Ranger School.

Maj. Lisa Jaster graduates from U.S. Army Ranger School.

Maj. Lisa Jaster is a 2000 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and works as an engineer for Shell Oil in Houston.

When Jaster graduates, she will join Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, who earned their tabs on Aug. 21. Griest, Haver and Jaster were among 19 women who started the course on April 19 at Camp Rogers on Fort Benning.

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.

Like Jaster, Haver and Griest are both graduates of West Point. Haver, an attack helicopter pilot, graduated from the academy in 2012, and Griest, a military police officer, graduated in 2011.

Jaster will have been in the school 180 days when she graduates. If a soldier goes through all four phases without recycling — having to repeat a phase — the course takes 62 days. Less than 50 percent of the soldiers who start the school pass and only 30 percent of those go straight through without a recycle.

Capt. Kristen Griest

Capt. Kristen Griest

Jaster, like Haver and Griest, failed the first patrol phase at Camp Darby twice before being offered on May 29 a chance to start the course over from the beginning. All three women took what the Army termed a “Day 1 recycle,” and started over in late June. Two male soldiers were also given the same opportunity but declined. From that point, Griest and Haver went straight through without repeating a phase.

Jaster recycled in the north Georgia mountains and Florida swamps. In each phase, students are graded on their ability to lead small-unit patrols and are also graded by the their peers.

Maj. Lisa Jaster’s graduation comes as an Oklahoma congressman has asked the Secretary of the Army for Ranger School records from the classes that included the women. Rep, Steve Russell, R-Okla., one of two Army Ranger-qualified congressman, has questioned if the women were given special treatment. Russell’s office said on Friday it has not received the records it requested last month.

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