Growing up in 3rd Ranger Battalion, the Big Four were constantly stressed and evaluated throughout all phases of training. These skills were how the Regiment plied their trade and were the backbone of the unit’s training and mission execution.
If you couldn’t keep up physically you got smoked until you thought your eyes were going to bleed and then you were released for standards (RFS, AKA sent to the needs of the Army).
If you couldn’t form up with your team in a stack and clear a room properly, conduct battle drill 1A, or any of the other six battle drills without causing harm to yourself or another member of your team, no one would trust you and didn’t make it in Battalion.
If you couldn’t patch-up a buddy by properly applying a tourniquet, throw in a nasal cannula, or dress a wound with an Israeli bandage, then how were you ever going to save your ranger buddy’s life on the battlefield? What if you couldn’t shoot an E-type five meters to your front?
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@StormR @isaiahzb LMAO... "squirrel!" I just had an Up flashback and loved it :)
Awesome job Burkhart!
@isaiahzb I'm not very familiar with Rangers, although I'm learning quite a bit from SOFREP. My nephew did 3 deployments (Stryker). We occasionally mailed toys for him to hand out. I found it impossible to imagine the contradictions of his life between active combat, the ROE's and handing out toys. Maintaining a level of constant alertness requires a strength of will that is far past what I'm capable of. I'm the little old lady that stops in the middle of a sentence to say, "oh look..there's a squirrel."
@StormR You bring up a valid point. It is very difficult to "make friends" with the local populace when you can't let your guard down. There is a reason the 75th Ranger Regiment has lost so few soldiers compared to the number of missions that have been run. We weren't there to make friends and we NEVER let our guard down. But, that wasn't our mission.
To clarify a bit I was thinking of one of the REP 'related articles' which was about training with live animals It is rare to be able to combine the two skills of combat and medical in the extreme. Truly amazing.