Airmen aspiring to attend and complete the suckfest called Ranger School have to first complete an assessment course that evaluates their potential and prepares them for the real deal.

The Air Force Ranger Assessment Course has been around for a few years. It is a three-week course that sharpens basic soldiering tasks, including land navigation, troop movements, marksmanship, rucking, and weapon and radio maintenance.

During the last iteration of the course, which took place last November, Technical Sergeant Keegan Donnelly, the Ranger Assessment Course program manager, had said: “The Ranger Assessment Course strives to meet the intent of senior military leaders by fielding a lethal, resilient and rapidly adapting joint force. [It builds] competent, agile and lethal Airmen capable of operating in austere, as well as joint, denied or degraded and built-up environments. Rangers [learn] how to lead when things go wrong [by] guiding themselves and their men through fatigue, stress, hunger and controlled chaos.”

Most Army units, including the 75th Ranger Regiment, have a similar “pre-Ranger” course to prepare their soldiers for the physical, mental, and emotional rigors of Ranger School.