With “Murphy’s Law” just a few weeks away from publication, I thought I might share a few stories that just didn’t make the cut for the book. When I wrote it, I really focused on what I thought were the most important or interesting aspects of my life and discarded a lot of material that I know has been written about by others. For instance, stories about the experience of going through Infantry Basic Training or Ranger School.

I forgo most of those trips down memory lane in the book to keep things moving and give the reader some material to chew on that they haven’t seen before. By page 10 of the book I am attending the Ranger Indoctrination Program and by page 20 I’m on my first combat deployment. That said, I’ve had a few people ask me to share some of these stories that didn’t make it into the book or on our podcast. In a recent podcast, I told the story about how my basic training platoon was stealing Choco Tacos from the chow hall, inevitably got caught, and then blamed the entire ordeal on the mega-shitbag in our platoon who always shamed out of training. Another early reader of “Murphy’s Law” asked why the story about my Golden Patrol in Ranger School was not included.

As noted, this story doesn’t appear in the book, but makes for a pretty funny anecdote to publish here.

There I was, a brand new E-2 in 3rd Ranger Battalion. I had been there maybe two months when the battalion sergeant major told our company first sergeant that A/co was not sending enough of our guys to Ranger School.  We were light on tabbed Spec-4s at the time. So, in accordance with the sergeant major’s wishes, all the non-tabbed enlisted men in the company were sent to Peden Field to take a PT test.