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    Is the ranger course really that hard?

    (no cockiness intended in the question)

    i am curious, where is the ranger course in that fine area between the limitations of the human body and the expectations put forward by the course.

    is it one of the few things in life where simply not being capable PERIOD, can apply

    or does it just come down to wanting it bad enough?

    i would really like to know, what do you guys think or know?

    ,,,,,if its not classified that is

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    Yes it is hard, there is at least a 70-80% failure rate (in the public domain) for the selection. You can also be failed during the 6 months basic skills course.

    Going on what is out there about the ARW & SF in general it is mind & body!

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    From what Ive seen of it (Ive seen only a small portion of it), its tough and it has to be for what they do.
    If you want it and have it both mentally and physically and you make the grade well then......
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    A good friend of mine did ranger selection in the mid 90's, before the change in syllabus. The comment that has stuck in my mind ever since then is him saying "they worked us, and ran us so hard, that I didn't take a sh*t for 17 days", everything they could get down them was obviously used up!
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    If memory serves me the fail rate is 92%... I know a guy to see and i was told he passed selection 3 times and was RTU'd but dont know why or when or if its even true!!!!!

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    Keep in mind that nobody who answers this thread will have completed ARW selection.


    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldie fish View Post
    Keep in mind that nobody who answers this thread will have completed ARW selection.
    Don't be so quick to make assumptions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hello Alaska View Post
    Don't be so quick to make assumptions.
    Official Secrets Act.
    I probably am wrong, sorry about that!!!

    Please PM me to correct me.

    But, not if I state an opinion, only if I state something as truth!!!

    I have bad opinions but I stick by them!!!

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    The old saying comes to mind "you'll never know unless you go"".

    In otherwords, if you really want to know if or how hard the ARW couse is, go and do it. Now I'm not being cheeky or smart here, I'm being serious. I am RDF, and even if I was PDF, I probably still would not go for it, cause I'm not tough enough.

    Now off you go and give it a lash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazzler View Post
    Official Secrets Act.
    Your point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hello Alaska View Post
    Don't be so quick to make assumptions.
    Its not an assumption.


    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldie fish View Post
    Its not an assumption.
    Well in that case, you're very wrong.

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    Well by that statement you have told me who has. And what did you acheve by doing it?

    My point is, the majority who post about the ARW here will not have served in it or completed selection so for that reason, any discussion on the syllabus, except by the person you identified as having completed it, will be speculation and conjecture.


    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldie fish View Post
    Well by that statement you have told me who has. And what did you acheve by doing it?

    My point is, the majority who post about the ARW here will not have served in it or completed selection so for that reason, any discussion on the syllabus, except by the person you identified as having completed it, will be speculation and conjecture.
    How did I tell you? Can you read minds?

    Regardless, let's end this discussion for obvious reasons.

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    You started it.

    I know the military career of all but one of the posters prior to your statement. Therefor, I assume it is them you speak about. Unless you are trying to make out you did it yourself?


    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldie fish View Post
    You started it.

    I know the military career of all but one of the posters prior to your statement. Therefor, I assume it is them you speak about. Unless you are trying to make out you did it yourself?
    Considering I passed out in June no, I most certainly haven't done it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hello Alaska View Post
    Considering I passed out in June no, I most certainly haven't done it.
    Your in the PDF now? god help them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muzzle View Post
    Your in the PDF now? god help them...
    I try do my best

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    That waster Bn on the North side instantly went up in my estimations.

    Selection from what little I know is very tough. I know one fella who begged to be binned after the forst 5 hours!

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    Don't mind that Bn. The finest Unit in Dublin is on the Southside and it's Infantry

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    lads

    i have done Seal / BUDs
    SAS / SBS

    and a 2 weeks FAS course in Office skills in ballyer, so there I am qual to talk about it

    Anyone gets smart with me i will be around to your house and screww the cats and eat the food

    because i am a ranger, that power ranger to you
    hurry up and wait, are you back yet

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    The finest Unit in Dublin is on the Southside and it's Infantry
    Why thank you for the compliment Mr. Alaska
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    I'm in the Legion myself.


    The Legion of Mary...










    (I'm not really)


    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seismicwave View Post
    (no cockiness intended in the question)

    i am curious, where is the ranger course in that fine area between the limitations of the human body and the expectations put forward by the course.

    is it one of the few things in life where simply not being capable PERIOD, can apply

    or does it just come down to wanting it bad enough?

    i would really like to know, what do you guys think or know?

    ,,,,,if its not classified that is


    If you do a search there are various sites outlining the 6 out of 9 tests potential Rangers must pass in test week. I have been told a max of three attempts at selection are allowed.

    Test week seems very similar to that of the US army Rangers.

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    Questions regarding the ARW frequently crop up on this forum.

    May I humbly suggest that a sub forum is formed to cater for same.

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