What was Ranger School like for you?

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What was Ranger School like for you?

Postby Texan210 » May 12th, 2010, 4:35 pm

Hello Rangers,

I plan on enlisting soon and I really want to be a Ranger. It would be most appreciated if you could share your personal experience at RS. I look forward to reading your responses and learning from them. I'd also like to thank you Rangers for your service and sacrifice to this great nation.
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Re: What was Ranger School like for you?

Postby K.Ingraham » May 12th, 2010, 9:24 pm

Cold/wet/hungry.
Absorb boatloads of information.
Have twice as much to do in half the time available to do it in.
Blisters. rot. hunger. acne. rucksack strap burns on shoulders and back. Droning.
But all the while knowing they couldn't kill me and that the end date was never more than 58 days away, nothing much at all to compare to your grandfather's experience.
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Re: What was Ranger School like for you?

Postby KW Driver » May 12th, 2010, 9:35 pm

Ranger K.Ingraham had it all wrong.

it was hot/wet/hungry. and then cold/wet/hungry in mountains. my version was 72 days. the rest he got right.
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Re: What was Ranger School like for you?

Postby rgrokelley » May 13th, 2010, 3:30 am

It was a vacation from Battalion. We were the first group to go to school from 3/75 and we kept wondering when it would get hard. I was also surrounded by West Point cadets. Anything I did, at all, made me look like a genius.
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Re: What was Ranger School like for you?

Postby Silverback » May 13th, 2010, 7:07 am

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
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Re: What was Ranger School like for you?

Postby Jim » May 13th, 2010, 7:27 am

I've had worser experience. At least I did not get shot at Ranger School.
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Re: What was Ranger School like for you?

Postby Silverback » May 13th, 2010, 7:37 am

Jim wrote:I've had worser experience. At least I did not get shot at Ranger School.


You must have gone to the "First Easy" Class
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Re: What was Ranger School like for you?

Postby 42L5V » May 13th, 2010, 7:42 am

Not the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life - but probably the most influencing thing that has shaped my life.
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Re: What was Ranger School like for you?

Postby Ranger Bill » May 13th, 2010, 8:06 am

Ranger School is a journey of self discovery. You learn more of what you are made of, you find out you can keep going when you think you can't keep going and that scorpion stings are no big thing. It builds a good foundation for the rest of your life. And It's an excellent weight reduction opportunity.
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Re: What was Ranger School like for you?

Postby Texan210 » May 13th, 2010, 9:12 am

Thanks for the responses. RS sounds pretty crappy, but rewarding.
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Re: What was Ranger School like for you?

Postby Lefty » May 13th, 2010, 11:33 am

You want to know what it is like?

Come up to my place for a "short course"
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Re: What was Ranger School like for you?

Postby 42L5V » May 13th, 2010, 12:17 pm

Offers like that only come once in a lifetime...
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Re: What was Ranger School like for you?

Postby Zonk 1/75 » May 13th, 2010, 12:25 pm

rgrokelley wrote:It was a vacation from Battalion.....


X 2

I believe that it was a completely different experience for Bat Boys than others. The daily things in Battalion prepare you well and a lot of things come naturally in RS, therefore a couple of Battalion Rangers in a squad are beneficial to the entire squad.
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Re: What was Ranger School like for you?

Postby 42L5V » May 13th, 2010, 12:42 pm

I recycled in 9-92 from a squad of officers, into one of Bat Boys. Passed every patrol after that with a high peer rating. My Ranger Buddy was named Dyke from 2/75. He was one cocky, tough son-of-a-bitch. You do the math, kid.

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Re: What was Ranger School like for you?

Postby K.Ingraham » May 13th, 2010, 12:43 pm

[quote="Zonk 1/75]it was a completely different experience for Bat Boys than others. [/quote]

Very true. The line company Rangers in my class felt, by and large, like it was just another workday. An extraordinarily looong workday, but nothing out of stride.
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