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Posted on Aug 22, 2015
COL Sam Russell
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I recycled mountains during Best Ranger! I however think I had one of the last easy courses. We could dip and smoke back then!
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COL Sam Russell
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We also could smoke and dip. Didn't realize that was no longer authorized. I recall smoking Marlboro 100s and cutting off the filters to maximize the nicotine.
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COL Sam Russell - The tobacco band started in the early 2000's. Ranger students are only allowed 10 packs of gum now. I remember hearing guys dumping out Red Man pouches and filling it with Copenhagen back in the day!
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COL Sam Russell
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I recall trading a couple of cigarettes for a maple nut cake.
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Your Florida phase experience sounds just like mine, except instead of humping the pig I was the AB and the AG. Our platoon was down to about 27 people and we only had enough guys for 2 man gun teams. I had the old school, ridiculously heavy tripod and pintle, plus probably 800 rounds of 7.62. It was unbearable. I was stuck in a swamp a little lower than waist high. I think it was Gumdrop. We would take two steps and stand there for 10 minutes. It literally took hours to make it through. I wanted to quit. I even cried a little crocodile tear. But, I realized no one was going to fly a jungle penetrator down to pull me out. If I refused to carry my ruck my squad would have to carry it. So, I shut up and carried on to the other side of the swamp where there was just no point in quitting.
For the girls, they didn't repeat the whole school, they did Darby twice then had a Day 1 insert. But, I commend anyone with the fortitude to redo RAP week after two phases of Ranger School.
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That is a tremendous story, and thank you for your thoughts. Pat Tillman once wrote he faced fears of not graduating from the Ranger Course.
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