Hello to everyone who has made ArmyRanger.com possible. I appriciate all lifelong memebers of the Ranger community who have given their service to our country and your time here in the forum.
My name is Daniel, I'm 21 years young and enlisted in the Regular Army as a One3 Fister for the next four years and some weeks. As of right now I am in the AIT stage of OSUT here at Ft. Sill OK. I am very confident in my Land Nav skills, I may get disoriented or mislead but as a FISTer I'm never lost. I do have Opt 40 in my contract.
Quick story on how I landed it: first signing at MEPS I received an abn phyisical in hopes of getting opt 4 in my contract, by the time I spoke with the counsler he said no options were available. I had in the back of my mind trying to negotiate my contract during DEP and volunteering for airborne school while at AIT (which I heard was always done). I signed and walked away because reguardless I was set on enlisting. After DEP wasover I went back to MEPS and a different counsler asked why I had the Abn physical but no option 4, I replied it wasn't available at the time but I am still interested, he said he'll look into it and walked away.
Five minutes later he walks back and said no 13f with an abn slot was available BUT 13f with Ranger was, and boy did I jump on that like white on rice!! I've wanted to be Airborne Ranger ever since I was a boy playing with my 12" WWII Army Ranger GI Joe action figure.
I have a HS diploma and some college units for completing a sheriffs training academy in 2009. Due to a weak economy I was unable to secure employment in law enforcement so my wife and I decided enlistment was a great route to take.
I am highly motivated and possess enough disciple for two. I enjoy training, learning, becoming a little better each and every day, as well as having a leadership possition. Throughout basic and ait I have been a squad leader. I own a Ranger handbook I bought from a surplus store and do my best to lead the Ranger way. I haven't finished reading it yet, but I take it where ever I go and read a page or two when I get the chance. I won't and will not give up while attending RASP and when I get the opportunity, Ranger school in the future. I look forward to the opportunities the Army has given me.
I will cut it off here, see you in the forum.