The United States Army Ranger School is “not the for weak or fainthearted” and those who graduate the 62-day course become part of a legacy of courage, daring and outstanding leadership. The US Army Ranger has been a critical element on the battlefield from the American Revolution through today’s modern conflicts, most notably remembered for their heroics spearheading most of the invasions of Europe and Northern Africa including the D-Day invasion of Normandy. The US Army Ranger is the essential embodiment of leadership and BE, KNOW, DO, but to become an Army Ranger is no easy task. Volunteering for Ranger School says you care about your career and it will increase your promotion chances. Here is an overview of the US Army Ranger School.
Ranger School is 62 days of training to exhaustion, pushing the limits of your mind and body. It’s also showing you have the ability to take instruction, deal with demanding situations and adversity and continue to excel. Ranger School is some of the Army’s hardest training in high-stress, boot-camp-from-hell situations: roughly 20 hours daily of grueling physical training and rucking, with food and sleep deprivation. You’ll operate in rugged mountain conditions and conduct amphibious assault and survival training in swamp and jungle environments. The purpose of Ranger training is to develop combat and leadership skills under the kinds of physically and mentally challenging conditions Soldiers often experience in actual combat. Those who endure the training are true leaders, in and out of combat.
The first segment of training, or Benning Phase, is known as the Ranger Assessment Phase. It is extremely demanding on your body and mind. Your stamina and physical and mental toughness will be tested. In fact, 61% of all failures occur in the first 3-days of Ranger School.
Mountain Phase is 21 days and nights in the rugged mountains. There Rangers conduct small-unit combat operations, including ambushes and raids, under extremely adverse natural conditions and high emotional stress, with little food and sleep.
Finally, Florida Phase is a 16 day phase where you will continue patrolling and using survival skills in a jungle and swamp environment under high-stress mental and physical conditions and conduct amphibious, small boat and swamp-crossing operations in an intense combat environment.
To attend Ranger School, you must be an E-4 or above, and of course a volunteer. Pre-Ranger training is mandatory for National Guard Soldiers and is held at the National Guard’s Warrior Training Center (WTC). There, candidates are put through tough physical fitness tests, road marches, land navigation and assault courses. The overall graduation rate of Ranger School is 50%. Think you have what it takes? Get with your Training NCO and start training!
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