January 23, 2013

Posted on The Arms Guide: 3rd Ranger Battalion & The Big Four

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).

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I served in 3rd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment from 2003-2008. Almost four years of the time spent in 3/75 was spent in the sniper section. I am a graduate of US Army Airborne School, US Army Ranger School, US Army Sniper School, Special Forces Sniper Course, and the US Marine Corps Summer Mountain Scout Sniper Course. I have competed in the US Army International Sniper Competition as well as the US Army Small Arms Championships on three separate occasions. I currently live in Corvallis, Oregon and hold a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Oregon State University.

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  • montana_man

    The saying goes that "Every Army unit has standards. The Rangers just enforce theirs." Burkhart, would you say these 4 rules apply regardless of position in the Regiment? i.e. cooks, mechanics, Chaplain's Assistants all need these tasks down pat as well?

  • LauraKinCA

    @StormR  @isaiahzb  LMAO... "squirrel!" I just had an Up flashback and loved it :)

  • Reaper375

    Awesome job Burkhart!

  • StormR

    @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."

  • isaiahzb

    @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.