SO going through Ranger School starting next week. Very nervous for the next couple months 🥺 any words of wisdom are appreciated!

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As with any intense school, it’ll probably take a minute for them to communicate like a normal human being and not be annoyed by seemingly non-important things.


These are real. That and it was hard for me to accept not being able to piss almost anywhere like a domesticated person again

Tell him to enjoy mountains 🏔 and tryTo get the hell out of there before he becomes a winter ranger


Buy >5 pairs of smartwool socks.

Buy smartfeet soles if you need it.

Have opords according to the ranger handbook memorized. yeah, they teach it their but you're too tired to retain it.

If you're female than you get a free pass. Lucky you.

Florida is a dice roll. Some companies have 100% pass rate and some have 40% 🤷

Come at me, I'm ready


Sometimes entire squads recycle Florida because an RI is having a bad day. Just roll with it and try not to cry on your phone call to your significant other.


This is actually solid advice. While some folks thread the needle through the course in one shot, many folks will recycle (at some times due to circumstances completely out of their control)

Be emotionally prepped for those two months to stretch 2x or longer

Real rangers recycle



Should have joined the Marines

If a guy named Jodie calls, just ignore it.

Thanks all for the advice!! Really appreciate it. Just trying to go in without any expectations

I assume you’re doing so as a reservist, so more than anything you will need to really assess what is outside your comfort zone.

Be comfortable in doctrine. Be comfortable with male/female defication next to you. Be comfortable starving. Be comfortable being talked down to and punished even when you’re right. Be comfortable wading in other people’s urine in a swamp. Be comfortable being rained on and cold in a almost daily thunderstorm. Be comfortable jumping in high winds as many around you receive leg injuries and concussions. Be comfortable with muscle failure; especially your legs in mountains. Be comfortable carrying the squad, and sometimes your PL who may cry. Be comfortable in containing anger and frustration. Be comfortable in being hazed for someone’s slip. Be comfortable with recycling and never knowing when you can leave.

Just be comfortable. And you’re set.


Hardest thing for me was stepping through the gate. Once you’re in, you’re in. No quitting. Just follow instructions and do what you’re told and you’ll be just fine.

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