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Discussion in 'Life After the Academy' started by nofodad, Jul 12, 2017.

  1. nofodad

    nofodad 5-Year Member

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    DS begins Ranger School in August, anyone communicate with their DS/DD during school? We'd love to send mail, not sure how it works and DS hasn't found out anything yet.
     
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    Chockstock "Forever One Team" 5-Year Member

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    He will get a mailing address to which you can send him stuff
     
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  3. EDelahanty

    EDelahanty 5-Year Member

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    Sent you a pm. Mail is tricky when it comes to Ranger School. There are are some things which you may not send. Until about a year ago they used to allow care packages of food at the end of the second and third phases. No more.

    On another matter, nearly half of those who start a Ranger School class are dropped during RAP Week. Check out this video on pushups.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/qb40vktn582vst9/Perfect Pushup.mp4?dl=0
     
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  4. jl123

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    Care packages of food? And they still called it Ranger School?

    When I went through in the early 80's they made us open our packages in front of cadre and confiscated any food or other unauthorized items. I had someone send me 3 canisters of "Wet Ones". Two contained Wet Ones, the third was stuffed with Snickers Bars. :)
     
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  5. nofodad

    nofodad 5-Year Member

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    Just got a note from our DS. He made it through RAP week! Of the 40 armor Lieutenaints that started only 6 remain. Definitely the most difficult thing he's ever done, but he says he's learning a ton. Had one hour sleep and 3 minutes to ear before a the 12 mile ruck. We'll see what the next 46 days bring.
     
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    NorwichDad 5-Year Member

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    Congrats! Make sure to plan to go to graduation once he passes Mountain. He will call you then. You can't miss it. It is a great show! You can also watch him eat three meals at the same time the night before(absolutely no alcohol) and afterwords. Book your flights but take the flight insurance to allow you to reschedule or cancel up to the last minute. He will still have Florida to go through. You never know if he gets recycled at the last minute on any phase.

    Follow every rule. The night before my son's graduation we went out to dinner. He momentary thought of ordering a beer. He realized it was against the rules and did not. 5 minutes later one of the Sgts from Ranger school walked by us in the restaurant. He was so relieved he was drinking water. With the lack of food(lost 30 pounds) and sleep deprivation my son was a little off the wall. Just roll with that and go with it. He will be ok a few days later.
     
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    USMCGrunt 5-Year Member

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    nofodad: great to hear of your DS' progress!
     
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    NorwichDad 5-Year Member

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    Another thing from Ranger School. Hurricane Sandy hit our area when my son was in Mountain Phase. Our state had quite a bit of damage. They took him and all the other soldiers from our area out to call home. I always thought that was really nice. I know they have done this the last couple of days with those at Ranger School who are from Texas and Louisiana.
     
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    nofodad 5-Year Member

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    Went to Darby pass this past weekend, unfortunately DS needs to recycle Darby phase. He has a great attitude and is looking at this as a second chance. He started with 40 Lts. from his ABOLC class, 6 remain and only 2 went to Mountain phase.
     
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    EDelahanty 5-Year Member

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    No shame in recycling any phase of Ranger School, even multiple recycles. The majority of those who graduate have recycled at least one phase and for many this is not their first time at Ranger School. The important thing is to persevere. At graduation the ones with the biggest grins are usually the double tabbers - soldiers who recycled each phase at least once.
     
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