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Maybe the problem at West Point is commanders coming from all-male units?

Some food for thought as questions about the Rugby team continue to surface… Interesting to note that BG Rich Clark, 74th commandant of cadets, West Point, has served and led almost exclusively in Ranger and infantry units — all male units. While this is not unusual for comm’s at this particular time, it is concerning ...

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Some food for thought as questions about the Rugby team continue to surface...

Interesting to note that BG Rich Clark, 74th commandant of cadets, West Point, has served and led almost exclusively in Ranger and infantry units -- all male units. While this is not unusual for comm's at this particular time, it is concerning given USMA is a mixed gender officer training program.

The 75th Ranger Regiment is a lethal, agile and flexible force, capable of conducting many complex, joint special operations missions. Today's Ranger Regiment is the Army's premier direct-action raid force. Each of the four geographically dispersed Ranger battalions is always combat ready, mentally and physically tough, and prepared to fight our country's adversaries.

Some food for thought as questions about the Rugby team continue to surface…

Interesting to note that BG Rich Clark, 74th commandant of cadets, West Point, has served and led almost exclusively in Ranger and infantry units — all male units. While this is not unusual for comm’s at this particular time, it is concerning given USMA is a mixed gender officer training program.

The 75th Ranger Regiment is a lethal, agile and flexible force, capable of conducting many complex, joint special operations missions. Today’s Ranger Regiment is the Army’s premier direct-action raid force. Each of the four geographically dispersed Ranger battalions is always combat ready, mentally and physically tough, and prepared to fight our country’s adversaries.

The Rangers are somewhat of a self-selecting group. While physically and mentally tough, if there is a problem with a soldier in a unit, they typically get rid of the soldier. They are not about leadership and character development, but developing physical and mental strength and endurance.

Celebrated and extolled are his credentials

Rich is a warrior-leader with rock-solid credentials for competence and with a heart for Soldiers," Huntoon said. "He will excel as the commandant for cadets."

Is there a correlation between Rugby and Rangers?

Heard the faculty strongly opposed the comm’s decision and punishment saying it undermines the entire respect mentorship program. And how were the rugby players’ mentors selected? They volunteered as a query was sent out.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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