Lisa Jaster

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Don’t Let the Quit In

As one of the first women ever given the opportunity to attend the equally rigorous and prestigious Army Ranger School, Major Lisa Jaster battled her way through a training course that humbles most men. Throughout her six months at Ranger School, Jaster faced countless difficult moments, including nights that she lay awake wondering whether she belonged there. Despite those trials, Jaster maintains that stopping and quitting was never an option – she had to stay the course and finish what was started. Join Major Jaster as she explains why she felt it was so important to attend Ranger School, how she stayed motivated during those dark moments, and why “Once you think about quitting, you let the quit in you.”


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Lisa Jaster

Major, U.S. Army Reserve
Graduate, U.S. Army Ranger School

Army Major Lisa Jaster is one of only three women to graduate the United States Army Ranger program, one of the most difficult combat training courses in the world. Jaster is also a mother, soldier, an engineer and a trailblazer. She was the first female Army Reserve officer to become a Ranger. She completed the training, which 36 percent of male and female students fail within the first four days, after refusing to succumb to exhaustion and repeatedly “recycling” through, or retrying, several phases of the multi-locational course. Prior to receiving her esteemed Ranger tab, Jaster worked as an engineer with Shell Oil in Houston and an Army Reserve individual mobilization augmentee with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Jaster initially was commissioned in the Army in 2000 after graduating from the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point, and returned to the reserves in 2012 after a 5-year hiatus. She volunteered for combat training when she discovered the Army Ranger course was being opened to women for the first time in 60 years as a U.S. government experiment to see how women would fare in the notoriously brutal program.