Delete the Adjective

Lisa Jaster

When you delete your adjectives, who are you?

Most people limit themselves to their labels. They embrace barriers based on the box that society puts them in. But your adjectives aren’t your destiny.

In Delete the Adjective: A Soldier’s Adventures in Ranger School, Lisa Jaster proves your merit should always trump your labels. Lisa didn’t confine herself to the adjectives of “middle-aged” or “female.” Instead, she became one of the first three women to graduate from the United States Army Ranger program. For those six months in the program, her adjectives didn’t matter. What mattered was that she slept on the same forest ground as her peers (typically twenty-three-year-old men on active duty). She ran the same mock missions and battle drills. She demonstrated the fortitude of a Ranger.

Delete the Adjective relives Lisa’s experiences, written in the field notebook every student in Ranger School carries. Throughout the Ranger course, Lisa proved that mettle breaks down any barriers society might place on you.

Press & Praise

Sheryl Sandberg, Founder of Lean In and Option B

In Delete the Adjective, Lieutenant Colonel Lisa Jaster shares her journey to become one of the first women to graduate from Army Ranger school—an accomplishment that demanded incredible bravery and resilience. This book will inspire so many other women to push past gender stereotypes and go after their goals.

Mike Glover, Former Green Beret and CEO of Fieldcraft Survival

As a Ranger School graduate and former Special Forces Sergeant Major, I'm proud to know Lisa Jaster and respect her approach to maintaining the standard. In a world of political discord, the preparation of our war fighters should never be politicized. Her distilled experience is what's needed in a world of noise.

Gen Ann E Dunwoody, US Army Retired

In Delete the Adjective, Lisa shares her incredible journey in a very humbling way. Those of us in the military can appreciate what a historic accomplishment this is. For me, I thought jumping out of airplanes was a huge breakthrough. I was awestruck when my niece started flying A-10s in the Air Force. When Lisa and her cohorts graduated from Ranger school, on their own merit, I was so proud and impressed that she continued to open the doors of opportunity for generations to come. I'm so grateful Lisa invested the time to write this page-turner for everyday Americans.

Lisa Jaster is an American soldier, engineer officer, and one of the first three women to graduate from the United States Army Ranger school. Prior to receiving her esteemed Ranger tab, she served on active duty for seven years with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. After leaving the military in 2007, Lisa joined the Army Reserve in 2012 and continues to serve to this day adding another Iraq deployment to her resume. Lisa has been awarded numerous military accolades, including two Bronze Star Medals and two Meritorious Service Medals.

Previously working as a project engineer, construction engineer, and global contract manager with Royal Dutch Shell, Lisa is now a partner at Talent War Group working as a leadership and development consultant, keynote speaker, and executive coach.

Lisa is married to Marine Col. Allan Jaster. They have two children together, Zachary and Victoria, and live in New Braunfels, Texas.

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