April 24, 2013

Protein, Pull-ups, and Offset Infils

When comparing myself to other men in Ranger Battalion, I never labelled myself as the strongest or the fastest. I was and am an endurance-minded individual. I have always enjoyed running, but thanks to the men in Batt, I was able to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the physically well rounded soldier. One of the many aspects that makes Ranger Battalion and the rest of SOF unique is the variety of fitness abilities.

I am not saying there are not other units throughout the military that don’t have similar physical qualities. There are the obvious outliers in every unit; individuals who can run considerably faster or lift considerably more than the next man. The difference is that the slowest runner in Ranger Battalion would still finish over a minute faster in the 2 mile run than an average male in the Army.

When you are raised in Batt, you are not allowed to be slow. To even be considered for a slot to Pre-Ranger you had to score at-least a 90/100 in every event, but you really needed to be scoring much higher to guarantee that your squad leader picked you to go to the ‘happiest place on earth.’

When it was time to do PT in the morning, there wasn’t any of that big-Army junk like the ‘bend and reach.’ Due to the nature of the unit, PT was conducted in a squad size or smaller element. By having smaller elements physically training together, there was the advantage to increase the amount of work done in the 1.5 hour time period designated to physical training. Men were able to specialize in certain aspects of fitness, but always did enough to uphold the standard. There were always days that were set aside for road-marching and long runs, but the men were still able to break off and work on other aspects of fitness.


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About the Author

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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  • Leapgirl

    "" 130 pushups, over 90 sit-ups, run two miles in 13:00 minutes""  Mental note to self: Stay away from Donny! Wow... Great write up Isaiah.

  • Rockbond

    13 minute plenty. Brit army called BFT (battle fitness test) back in he 80s, every week, mile and half warm up and run, then mile and a half best effort cross country in heavy wet boots 7.45 time at 30 years of  age. 10.05 for 2 miles. Not SF just regular army. Respect to US Rangers

  • Jake75

    isaiahzb I wish more people (kids my age) thought of people like you as heroes. Most kids think of pro football players as heroes and they strive to be like them. Im probly the only person that when told "Who are your heroes?" thinks of people like you, Jack Murphy, Nick Irving, etc. I wish they strived to be like you guys, selfless, brave, and morally straight.

  • Jake75

    Teddy456 Yes it does, whenever I think about quiting something I think of the  Ranger Creed.

  • Jake75

    SEAL76 Yeah I have a few years to prepare and I know what the PT test includes so I have a good idea of what to expect.