Army Ranger School: Changes in the period Jan 1, 2012 to Dec 31, 2016

Ryan Weisensee filed this request with the U.S. Army, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) of the United States of America.
Tracking #

18-0182, FA-19-0015

18-0182

Due April 27, 2018
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Ryan Weisensee

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Orders, requests, recommendations (a) made from superior agencies (the Army or Department of Defense) to TRADOC, (b) made by TRADOC to subordinate agencies, schools or units, or (c) any responses or feedback provided by Army Ranger School in the period Jan 1, 2012-Dec 31, 2016 concerning any of the following:

1) Changes in the objective graduation requirements at the Army Ranger School headquartered (and held in part) at Fort Benning, Georgia
2) Changes in the subjective requirements or grading methods of instructors at the Army Ranger School during pass/fail exercises
3) Changes in the peer evaluation process employed at the Army Ranger School
4) Changes in the general demeanor, attitude, or conduct of instructors toward students wishing to drop on request at the Army Range School

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ryan Weisensee

From: U.S. Army, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Dear Mr. Weisensee,

TRADOC has received your FOIA request and has assigned case number 18-0182.

I request you perfect your request by citing a willingness to pay fees,
i.e., I am willing to pay fees up to $XX.00."

As an "other" fee category requester, you would receive two hours of search
free. As you cite a number of Army organizations below and request records
over a four year timeframe, the search would likely exceed two hours.

Based on previous requests and public affairs releases, there is information
public facing about standards:

https://www.military.com/kitup/2015/08/women-ranger-school-standards.html
In it, he interviewed Col. David Fivecoat, the commander of the Army's
Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, who had this to say about the issue of
standards and the two female officers currently soldiering their way through
the course:
The female students are competing on the same terms as the 160 men still in
their class: No flexed-arm-hangs instead of pull-ups. No push-ups from the
knees. The same cutoff times (40 minutes for a five-mile run, for example)
and the same number of repetitions in the initial physical assessment (49
push-ups, 59 situps, six chin-ups).

https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2015/04/24/female-soldiers-cut-off-
hair-to-meet-ranger-school-rule/
"The standard for the Ranger course is for students to have the shortest
haircut authorized by AR 670-1," said Col. William Butler, deputy commandant
of the U.S. Army Infantry School.
The short hair is "for hygiene," making it easier to find ticks, and for
uniformity, Butler said.
For men, the standard is a buzzed haircut using clippers with no guard.
The standard for women is defined as "hair length that extends no more than
one inch from the scalp (excluding bangs), according to Butler, citing Army
Regulation 670-1, which is the Army's appearance regulation.

Reading your request for "changes in...", it is most likely that narrowing
the scope of your request to the Army Ranger School to numbers 1) through
4), would decrease the search and processing time exponentially, and they
would be the organization to know what changes were made/adopted.

Please let me know if you have questions.

Thanks - v/r,
Anastasia Kakel
Chief, Records Management Office
TRADOC OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, G-6
661 SHEPPARD PLACE (ATIM)
FORT EUSTIS, VIRGINIA 23604-5733
DSN: 501-6538
Phone: 757-501-6538
Fax: 757-501-6509

From: Ryan Weisensee

Concerning assigned case number 18-0182, I am willing to pay fees of up to $200.00.

From: U.S. Army, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)

Dear Mr. Weisensee,

Thank you for this perfected request.

Your request was referred and is being processed at Fort Benning, GA. I
anticipate that the request will be returned here to TRADOC for continued
processing in the next month.

Thanks - v/r,
Anastasia Kakel
Chief, Records Management Office
TRADOC OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, G-6
661 SHEPPARD PLACE (ATIM)
FORT EUSTIS, VIRGINIA 23604-5733
DSN: 501-6538
Phone: 757-501-6538
Fax: 757-501-6509

From: U.S. Army, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)

Maureen Barefield
Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Officer
Records Manager
Directorate of Human Resources
Administrative Services Division
Bldg 9230, Room 1426
8150 Marne Road
USAG
Fort Benning, GA 31905
Desk: 706-545-5356
DSN: 835-5356

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