Actually it will be in two weeks. Some journey. It started with IBOLC with the unrelenting heat last summer. The Captain he had was exceptional with the sole focus that his men would pass Ranger School. Pretty much all in his group felt IBOLC was much harder than Ranger School. It was a lesson in hydration and managing heat. Most others in the Infantry would feel differently about that. Ranger school was also unrelenting from the food and sleep deprivation. It seemed to be a measure in having the ability of staying focused. You need to understand and complete your orders despite your own deprivations. As you get in the zombie state and loose focus it is called droning. Saw a friend walk over a large diamond back snake in this state. The diamondback must have been as shocked as they were and did not strike. Had a close call in the mountain phase with a rock ledge. Life can be a matter of inches. It is a dangerous business. At the end of Ranger school he was thirty pounds lighter. We took him out to dinner the night before graduation. He thought about having a beer but realized he was not allowed. Good thing he did not because his SGT came by our table and he would have been recycled into Florida for another 3 weeks. "Dont ever break the rules no matter how small. It just not worth it." Ranger Graduation is an incredible show and go to it if you are ever at Fort Benning. After Ranger School they give them a few weeks of light duty, some moved right to their duty stations. He entered another four week school. At that point they head off for their duty stations but he managed a transfer at the last minute. You start out on staff until they find you a platoon which he got a month ago. He has a seasoned group of sgts and good platoon. They are a great bunch he says. They played a little trick on him. They told him to show up for a meeting in his full dress ASU. A little initiation because all others would be in civilian clothes. A friend tipped him off and he came to their disapointment in civilian clothes. I said he should have played along. No, he said they need to think I know everything even though I dont. Bigger things ahead I cant discuss. Good Luck to the Class of 2013 and the journeys they will take.