Ray80 wrote:I am 23 and signed my 11X, Option 40 contact less than two weeks ago (after being a stubborn SOB, waiting for, and fighting for it). I leave September 28, 2004.
Damned fine introduction, Ray. Welcome aboard! Glad to see that you've started off right...by not being sucked into the used car saleman pitch at MEPS. If you want to be a Ranger, then you have to DO it...and you can't let anyone or anything get in your way. You've successfully jumped the first of many obstacles. Don't let the momentum decline.
Ray80 wrote: We DEPsh*ts have a great resource available to us in simply lurking, which means that this could very well also be my last post.
Enough. I am clogging up the net. Continue leading the way for our countryâ€™s future defenders.
Ray, don't misunderstand what the Rangers on these boards are saying. I don't think there is a single Ranger or vet on this site who hopes that none of you DEPs ever post another sentence. Quite the contrary.
One of the main missions of this site is to put out righteous information from Rangers who have "been there, done that" to the young men who are planning to enter the US Army and pursue a life in a Ranger Battalion.
Along with that mission, we add humor, smoke, and stories (lies), mainly for our own amusement. Additionally, our brand of humor, combined with the smoke that we throw down range, is intended to give you DEPs a taste of what to expect in Battalion (if you get there).
The Ranger Road is a long, tough road. RIP is tough, no doubt, but the real challenge begins when your boots hit the 1SG's office that first time in Battalion, as you report for duty as a tabless private. Battalion life is unbelievably tough....but in a good way. If you make it there, you will make blood bonds with warriors that will last for the rest of your life. It will change your life and the way that you go about things. I believe that it will make you a better man.
My point is, don't hide from the boards. It is admirable to see the young hooah who lurks in the background, gleening the useful knowledge from this site, and succeeding in his mission. It is also admirable to see the DEP who is squared away, has a few extra years on his peers, and is already somewhat well-traveled, giving input to the other DEPs.
There is a fine line between being an annoying know-it-all and being a leader. You have many of the qualities already in place to be one of the leaders on this site. Don't muscle your way in, just offer your knowledge and experience to your fellow DEPs. Many of these young men have never even had a job.
I hope to see more of you on the boards. We already have some DEPs who can square you away on the rules/ regs, etc. I urge you to become an active part of the Minor Mayhem. Good luck with your endeavors.