From Joanne Miller, Ranger Wife
The Rangers have always managed to hold themselves to a higher standard than
the rest of the Army. The black beret is something every Ranger has to earn
the right to wear. Being a Ranger is considered by them to be a way of life.
The Ranger lives by the creed. The creed is law for the Ranger.
This article states that the Special Operations Command is eager to see
how this policy will be implemented. Maybe the command is, but no one has
talked to the Rangers in the Battalions who live the standard every day, and
loyally follow the orders given to them. If anyone bothered to ask, they
would find out that the Rangers want to keep their beret. They built the
history around it with their toil and risk. They made it a worthy goal for
young men to strive for. The Rangers in the Ranger Regiment give the black
beret meaning. They represent the Army as it should be. They have always been
proud to achieve more and to focus on simply being great soldiers. The black
beret belongs to the Rangers.
The Rangers are an easy target because they won't officially protest,
there are less than a couple thousand of them, and they are excellent
soldiers. They are the grunts, the simple ground pounders, and they think on
simple terms. They just want to fight and defeat the enemies of our country.
The politics of the Army have never been a concern Rangers, so we can safely
sacrifice them, tear them down and slowly drag them down to the level of the
rest of the Army.
Giving the entire Army the Rangers black beret will never make them
achieve on the same level as the Rangers. It will begin the process of
tearing down the Rangers.
I am the wife of a Ranger. The Battalion shaped my husband into the man
he is today. Give the Army gray or brown, but do not give them the Rangers
Joanne Miller, Ranger Wife