Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
They Earned It

As some of you will have read, the first two women in history have completed the Army's storied and notoriously crushing Ranger School – and are now entitled to wear the Ranger tab, which tells you a great deal about anyone whose shoulder you see it on.

A number of naysayers have suggested the standards were relaxed or that CPT Kristen Griest and 1LT Shaye Haver were handed their graduation from the course. Here is a newly Ranger-qualified, company-grade infantry officer serving on active duty – WHO WAS THERE – setting the record straight.

How It Really Went Down in the First Class to Graduate Female Rangers
by Rudy Mac

I started and finished Ranger School this year with Class 06-15. For the first time in history, two women will pin on [the Ranger tab] and you know what? They f*****g earned it. Every last thread of it.

I quickly found that the gender issue was a non-issue. We were all just Ranger students. Physically, they were studs. They carried their own weight and then some.

They earned it. Without the same wide shoulders, large frames, and high testosterone levels of their brother Rangers, they earned it.

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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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