You can always use that Ranger tab for TP…

Colonel David Hackworth (USA-Retired) reports on the sissifying of the elite Army Rangers.

While the rest of the U.S. Army has lowered its standards to the point where seasoned war vets find today’s combat training a joke and the crusty salts who fought at Anzio, Osan and Dak To refer to what passes for most training as “an invitation to get killed,” Rangers have fought lowering the training bar and have consistently turned out hardened studs whom commanders in the field would fight to get.

That is until Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, the guy who runs Fort Benning today, was told by a few recent Ranger graduates that they were turned off by Ranger School because some of their RIs were meanies and actually yelled and cursed at them and even made them do pushups when they goofed up. Others complained in writing that they’d been sleep-deprived and that the training was too difficult.

For the record, the RIs–hardened vets who know what it takes to win and walk away alive–were merely following the battle-tested Darby practices of creating maximum stress, teaching attention to detail and passing on the proven tactics and techniques that have worked so splendidly for our Rangers in a bunch of bad scraps.
Just for the record, applying for and attending Ranger School is strictly a volunteer activity, just like joining the Army itself. If you’re not being physically abused or racially slandered, what are you complaining about? The old rumination on heat and the kitchen comes to mind.
One can only hope that Eaton is retired–er, retires, soon, before he gets any of our boys killed due to ill preparation and training.

5 thoughts on “You can always use that Ranger tab for TP…

  1. As a member and a graduate of ranger class 04-03, who sat in the AAR session, and experienced first hand what actually occured during Mountain phase of ranger school, I find Hackworth’s comments amusing because they have no factual basis. The reason entire chains of command were relieved was because my platoon was forced to low crawl through 1 weeks worth of our own feces and urine. I don’t know if you have ever had to crawl through human waste, but it really does not educate soldiers on how to fight and win wars in difficult conditions.
    The other incident that got an RI relieved was when he used racial slurs towards a student. I was called all sorts of deragatory terms during the course, along with all of my classmates and no one took it personnally, but some RIs just made it personnal. There are training limits and RIs have to be reminded that even they are not omnipotent.
    What ever changes happen at Ranger school are purely superficial. Ranger school will always suck, students will always be hungry and always half asleep. It is how the course is designed.
    Furthermore, every former Ranger (unfortunately Mr. Hackworth is not one to comment since he is NOT one) will think that he went to the last hard class and everyone gets over easy now.
    Mr. Hackworth, do a better job reporting the facts before you betrayed your own journalistic integrity.

  2. JD,
    There is also something else you have to remember, those like me went through when the RI’s could do a lot more than just yell a few off-color names. I am talking full contact. Sometimes for no reason, but the majority of the time it was for practical reasons. Remember the Ranger way of life is voluntary. You volunteered to low craqwl through your own feces. There are certainly worse things to have to do.

  3. In 1989 Ranger School had already changed to accommodate the weaker (mentally, emotionally and psychologically) males that our “American” society was producing.
    Yes, Ranger School was very hard! That being said, many of the brethren that graduated with me and after me has commented on Ranger School being a lot easier than they thought it would be, as I agree.
    During the 90’s, the military was used a training ground for Social Engineering. The standards throughout the military has been lessened and the military weaker because of this. (I promise you that I would not want to depend on a Female or have one anywhere near me in the field of combat, except as a part of a medical team or flying supplies). I noticed the Weakness of the people coming in when I was in a Cadre for cold weather survival, training thousands of troops each year.
    There are worse and harder schools that I have been through that would have made crawling through “feces” seem easy.
    I am Very Grateful to the platoon Sgt.(served 3 tours in NAM as a sniper) of my Recon platoon and a PL who let him have His way to training us. I am here today because of the OLD SCHOOL of military thought and training! Combat is hard, ugly and easier to come out alive by not being trained with ‘political correctness’.
    WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE WARRIORS!!! Train like one!

  4. I was tabbed in the early seventies and served as a Ranger in the US Army for 7 of my 10 years of enlistment.
    The RI’s did a great job with me. Thanks to the training I received I have the confidence that comes with knowing that there is no adversity I cannot overcome, no obstacle or challenge too big to be met head on and defeated.
    I am what I am today, successful, confident and at peace, because I was a Ranger.
    Hoo Wah!

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