Years ago, as a young soldier assigned to the 1st Ranger Battalion, I attended the Army's Ranger School. This course is one of the toughest training environments offered by the Army. The purpose of the course is to prepare officers and enlisted Soldiers in combat arms related functional skills.
Ranger training was established in 1950 at Fort Benning, Georgia, and has changed little since its beginning.
How long is Ranger School?
Well, the course is eight weeks divided into three phases. It is mentally and physically grueling. Historically, the graduation rate is about 50%. This is especially high given that most of the attendees have gone through intensive preparation before their arrival at the course.
Where is Ranger School?
The U.S. Army Ranger School location is different for each of the three phases - the first is conducted at Fort Benning Georgia. The second phase, or the "Mountain Phase," is conducted in Dahlonega, Georgia, in the Appalachian Mountains. The third phase, or "Swamp Phase," is conducted in the Florida panhandle at Eglin Airforce base.
How hard is Army Ranger School?
Ranger School is arguably the most difficult training course the Army has to offer. The combination of academic stress, from the requirement to pass leadership practical tests, the strenuous physical demands of the training, and the grueling lack of food and sleep, the course is truly a "beast."
Following the completion of Ranger School, a student will usually find himself in very poor physical condition. Ranger School's toll is equivalent to years of natural aging. High levels of stress, sleep deprivation, and undernourishment, along with continual physical strain, take a tremendous toll on the mind and body.
What Did I Learn About Stress?
How Can We Use These Insights in Business?
As a young Ranger I experienced the stress that Ranger School put on me as a way to learn how to recognize the symptoms of stress and to handle stressful environments and situations. You can use these same skills and techniques in your business roles. The ability to do so will make you a fierce competitor that can prevail when times get tough.
Use These Principles in Your Business
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