Sgt. Danielle Farber, a Kennett Square native and member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, and another woman recently became the first women enlisted in the National Guard to graduate from the U.S. Army Ranger School, the most intense training the branch offers, writes Becky Metrick for WITF.
Statistics indicate that only 48 percent of people who start Ranger School graduate.
“A lot of people said I couldn’t do it,” Farber told the Lebanon Daily News. “So, I wanted to prove them wrong.”
Farber works at the Medical Battalion Training Site at Fort Indiantown Gap, a U.S. Army post primarily located in Lebanon County. She has spent the last nine years with the Pennsylvania National Guard – the first six as a signal support systems specialist and the remaining three as a medic.
She attended Ranger School to develop her leadership skills and is now excited about putting her new skills to the test. This includes acting as a mentor to future generations of Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers, particularly women, who want to attend Ranger School.
Farber advises those interested in going to Ranger School to do as much physical training as possible to prepare and to make sure they have a good support system and are prepared to pull their own weight. She emphasized that the real key is being passionate about doing it.
Read more about Sgt. Danielle Farber from WITF here.