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Ranger School: Optimal Potential for Success/Graduation

When asked by a young Army Infantry Officer if I could guarantee his success in getting into Ranger School I offered up a “hmmmmmm…” followed by a “yes.”  Barring any physiological or mental impairment, I would absolutely *guarantee a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine success in passing what is statistically and practically speaking (arguably no doubt), the most prevalent barrier to success in Ranger School.  Read closely so I can qualify what I mean, how I do this and why this knowledge is most important for YOU if you truly desire the coveted Ranger Tab. What do I mean by guaranteed success?

Let’s first look at pass/fail stats for Ranger School.

  • 60% of all Ranger School failures occur in the first 4 days (“RAP Week”): RPA, Land Nav, Footmarch, CWSA
  • 75% of those who complete RAP week will eventually pass the Darby Phase and move on to the Mountain Phase.
  • 94% of those who start the Mountain Phase will eventually pass and move on to the Florida Phase.

The greatest barrier to graduating from Ranger School is FAILING the Ranger Physical Fitness Test (RPFT)/Ranger Physical Assessment (RPA).  The RPA (as it is referenced above) is simply the initial physical performance tool used by the army to attrite (send home) Ranger candidates:  49 push-ups, 59 sit-ups, 6 dead-hang strict (no kipping like a fish out of water or any of that CrossFit stuff) palm-in pull-ups, and the venerable but very doable 5 mile run in under 40 minutes.  Everything but the 5 mile run is pass/fail.

If you do not get IN Ranger School, you will not get THROUGH Ranger School.  Passing RPA (yes, this assumes you pass Land Nav, the foot march and Combat Water Survival) gets you into Darby Phase (75% pass rate from Darby!) and potentially (the statistical odds are in your favor if you give the above stats a cursory glance) your Ranger Tab.

With my approach to training, I guarantee you the human performance ability to not just pass the RPA but to decimate it! Additionally, you should physically breeze through the foot march and combat water survival. What about the rest of Ranger School? Well, you’re going to have to Forrest Gump your way through the rest of Ranger School the same way every other graduate has had to do.  At this point though, the odds are in your favor!

What do I require?  I require the same thing that will be required of you in order to successfully complete Ranger School.  Commitment!

If your push-ups are lacking – I can fix you.

If you cannot quite yet do 6 pull-ups – I can fix you.

If you cannot confidently run 5 miles in 40 minutes – I can fix you.

You simply have to be committed to doing what we need to do in order to enhance whatever area of human performance is necessary to achieve success in passing the RPA.

During this process we will increase your resiliency to injury and to all obstacles (real and perceived).

My intent is always to send my clients off to Day 1 with a high degree of confidence knowing they can successfully complete the RPA despite physical and mental depletion.

As far as the specific training approaches/techniques are concerned, every client is different.  Trust me, other than a bona fide physiological impairment (e.g., muscular dystrophy) there is a way to make someone who wants to push up, pull up, sit up and run their way into Darby Phase, more than capable of doing so.

*Unfortunately, nothing in life is absolutely guaranteed but I’d be willing to give a full refund to anyone who committed to the training and subsequently did not perform as advertised in passing  their RPA.