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Humidity in the Deep South is no joke, and I was already sweating through my uniform. We had been shuffled around the 1st Ranger Battalion area of the base all afternoon, trying to be in processed whilst performing various feats of physical exercise. We were nervous. Any arrogance we acquired from the proud feeling of graduating RIP was gone. We were repeatedly reminded that we were not shit, and most of us would not last long enough to even see our first deployment. I saw one of my buddies get picked up by the throat because one of the team leaders thought he was staring at him. Sergeant “T” was not the guy you wanted to be staring at. I can’t speak for everyone who was there that day, but I can tell you that I immediately questioned myself and the choice I had made coming here.

Was I really good enough?

It was a daunting task ahead of us indeed. I didn’t know it at the time, but they were absolutely serious that many of us would not last. I still don’t know why they let me stick around as long as they did. But among us that day were some future bona fide heroes. One from our class, SSG Kevin Pape, would eventually make the ultimate sacrifice many years later as a squad leader leading his men through intense combat in Afghanistan. One thing we all had in common that first day in battalion was that none of us knew anything about what would be required of us.