Lisa Jaster: I Don't Want to Be an Adjective


In this motivational video, Lisa Jaster opens up about her desire to be more and do more, showing audiences how she made it through some of the most difficult training the military has to offer. She discusses the brutal physical and mental conditions students forcibly endured, that was designed to destroy mental health and result in students’ withdrawal. This inspirational talk proves that when we hold each other to a higher standard, success is all about who's willing to do the work.

In 2015, The Unites States Army Ranger School released a statement to officially allow all genders into their training program, as a US government experiment to see if women were equipped for its conditions. For over 60 years prior, women had been left out of the military workforce, due to assumptions of insufficient physical and mental stamina. This new era of inclusivity made way for trailblazing women to dominate male dominated fields, like Army Major Lisa Jaster.

When Lisa heard of the new openings at The Unites States Army Ranger School, she took that as a challenge and applied. This intense training program included up to 20 hours of training per day alongside a strict diet, for a grueling six months. Although older than majority of students (at age 37), Lisa successfully passed the physical entrance exam (RAP), endured a long six months of training, and graduated as one of only three female graduates of The United States Ranger School.

Graduate from The United States Military Academy at West Point, Lisa Jaster worked as an engineer with Shell Oil in Houston and an Army Reserve individual mobilization augmentee with the US Army Corps of Engineers, prior to receiving her Rangers tab.

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Lisa Jaster is one of only three women to graduate from the first integrated United States Army Ranger program, which is one of the most difficult combat training courses in the world, and she was the first female Army Reserve officer to become Ranger qualified. Lisa continues to demonstrate that barriers are meant to be broken and exemplifies how perseverance and hard work are absolutely essential to achieving your goals. Filled with humorous stories and moving anecdotes, her talks leave audiences inspired to push past adversity no matter the cost and better their lives.