Posted on Aug 22, 2015
PVT Infantry Recruit
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I leave for Basic Training and my attempt at becoming an Airborne Ranger (yes, I have the contract on paper) soon, and I wanted to hear any stories you may have from your time at Benning (Basic Training, specialty schools, station, Ranger training, etc...).
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PVT Robert Gresham
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PVT (Join to see) You are going to find that even though you joined an all volunteer Army, there are going to be a few that just don't want to be there. Don't let yourself get sucked into that type of mindset. Do what you are told, when you are told. Don't be tempted to "bend the rules, just a little bit". Your definition of "bend" my be an instructor's excuse to "fail" you.

The Army is exactly what you make out of it. You are going to be doing some of the most difficult training that the Army has to offer, but if you have the inner strength, the drive, and the will to win, you can certainly earn that coveted Ranger tab.

Oh, and you might want to exactly read, and learn, the words on the following page:
http://www.army.mil/values/ranger.html

Sua Sponte !! All the best of luck to you !!!
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SSG Jamil Spruill
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Right Uniform, Right Location, Right Time, this is all you need to know and always motivated and diciplined. Set yourself up for advancement early in your career. Max out correspondence courses, score high or max on PT Test and Range Qualifications, stand out from your peers and start civilian education early, the new point system will be focused around individual improvements not so much deployments and high speed hooah hooah training.
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MAJ Executive Officer
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Best story? We had a guy in my Platoon at D 3/47 who moved like pond water. His name was PFC Snead. One morning Snead is moving slower than usual. Everyone else is dressed, standing toe-to-line, and waiting for the DS. The DS walks over to Snead's bunk and finds him still putting pants on. We hear him yell: "Snead you move like two old people @#$%ing. SLOW! Hurry the @#$% up. "

The moral of the story? Move with a purpose. You're going to run everywhere at Ranger school anyways.
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+1 for running. It will be a long training pipeline filled with running. The more correct push-ups, flutter kicks, and miles you can run under a 6:30 min/mile pace, the easier Basic, Airborne, RASP, Pre-Ranger, and Ranger School will be. Give it your all one day at a time, or just survive until the next chow time. The chow only gets better as you progress through your training pipeline. Sand Hill chow sucks, Airborne is better, RDF can't be beat, except for maybe some blueberry pancakes from Camp Merrill.
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