Why I am not in favor of Female Rangers

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            I graduated from West Point in 2007. Shortly thereafter I graduated from Ranger School and entered into a six-year active duty career. I served as an Infantry Officer in the 25th Infantry Division and in the 75th Ranger Regiment and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. On my last assignment, I served as a Ranger Instructor at Fort Benning, GA.

Two female soldiers have completed Ranger School and most Americans view this as a positive milestone for the nation’s military. But I do not look favorably upon the graduation of females from Ranger School. Why?

I am not a sexist. I do not look down upon women as inferior. I dearly love my wife, daughter, my mother and my sisters and view them as of equal worth to men. I am not angry at Ranger School or at these two strong women who are about to graduate. I accept the testimony of the leadership at Ranger School that the standards have not been lowered and I acknowledge that there are certain females who are physically capable of completing the course.

But as a Christian who accepts the Bible as the rule of life, I assess this new milestone differently than most Americans. God has so ordered the world that he has given the man the natural ability and the duty to provide (1 Timothy 5:8), protect (Joel 3:9) and lead (Ephesians 5:23). Sadly, many men in America are not obeying this God appointed role.

But on the other hand, many women have rejected their God appointed role. Though God views a woman of equal value to a man (1 Peter 3:7), a woman is not normally to serve the function of a leader, but the function of a follower. In the same way that Christ submits to the will of the Father and yet is equally God, so a woman submits to her husband or father as the leader (Ephesians 5:25) and yet is equally human.

Furthermore, God applauds a woman who is gentle (1 Peter 3:4), submissive (Ephesians 5:22), trustworthy (Proverbs 31:11), God-fearer (Proverbs 31:30) and a homemaker (Titus 2:5). This list is not exhaustive, but shows the contrast from what most Americans are now inclined to value in a woman. Unlike the biblical norms, most Americans applaud a woman who is sexy, strong, and independent. But this is counter to God’s way.

If I met these two female Rangers, I would shake their hands and congratulate them. I am not angry with them or at the many other women who have served in the military. But in light of these events, I feel compelled to call upon my nation to think again about what they esteem in a woman and the rule by which they come to their conclusions. The closer America can be to God’s word, the safer and happier it will be.

About Sam Ketcham

Christian, Husband, Father and Soldier.
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9 Responses to Why I am not in favor of Female Rangers

  1. Dave brady says:

    By saying this you by default to be against women in any leadership role, not just Rangers you by default oppose women business leaders and women in government rolls. You sited a few hand picked verses that help your point and over looked all the ones that didn’t. That is surely not a skill you learned in the military or Rangers.

  2. Sam Ketcham says:

    Hey Dave! Thanks for responding. I am not against a woman leading in “any” situation. But I do believe that Americans are quickly rejecting biblical gender roles and undervalue the role of a mother and a stay-at-home wife.

    • Dave Brady says:

      Your response isn’t even close to what your blog post says.

      • Sam Ketcham says:

        Dave, based on the general direction of your comments, I am assuming that you are a Christian, that you believe in the inherency of Scripture, and that you approve of women being Rangers. I am curious to know what your biblical argument would be for a female leading in combat? Please feel free to be brief. Thank you.

  3. SLIMJIM says:

    Thank you for this post Sam.
    On an off note, I’m curious in your opinion, which is harder Ranger School or RIP/RASP?

  4. Gil says:

    The Reformed Church in the United States (RCUS) has a position paper on women in the military.



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