United States Marine, John Scott, Ranger School Graduate
The Army will never improve its readiness or esprit de corps by giving
away an elite distinction of courage and intestinal fortitude, to men and
women who do not know what it takes to earn it.
I am a Reconnaissance Marine that graduated Ranger School in class 12-93.
I was never awarded a black beret, and the Marine Corps does not authorize
the coveted Ranger Tab on my uniform. You don't go to the school for
ornaments of dress; you go to become the best at our profession of arms.
Inside a man's heart is where he makes the difference, not on his head.
Believing that the Army will better itself by wearing a stolen badge of
honor, is a fantasy.
Rangers "will never leave a fallen comrade....", unfortunately the
Department of the Army has left them and their traditions in the wind.
By letting anyone who steps into the Army in any capacity, wear the
black beret that men have died in Ranger School trying to earn, is a
John C. Scott