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Dwelt
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Introduction

Post by Dwelt » February 23rd, 2017, 3:51 am

All,

My name is Dwelt and I'm an E5 in the Army.
My MOS is 35L (Counterintelligence Special Agent) and I want to join the 75th and serve the mission more than anything else in the military.

I enlisted in 2013 and have served with the 10th SFG and am currently serving in Italy.
I'm Airborne and SERE-C qualified.

The Ranger mission, in my opinion is the most complete and dynamic in the US Army. I have already reached out to (much too early) to 75th Recruiting.
I look forward to being apart of this online community and learning at the feet of those who have gone before me
Airborne!

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Re: Introduction

Post by Disinfertention » February 23rd, 2017, 11:54 pm

Hey Dwelt, welcome here to ArmyRanger.com. Thanks for your service!

You said 'much too early'. I don't know much about your specific MOS. Do you mean they are looking for a different rank of folks, or what are you implying there?

Use the search feature often... If that doesn't help, I offer myself as a resource. Message or email me if you need to so you can get answers. Focus on your goal and never quit.
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Re: Introduction

Post by Dwelt » February 24th, 2017, 12:11 am

Disinfertention,
Thanks for your speedy reply.

Much too early in relation to my DEROS. The 75th recruiter suggested I should submit my packet at 2/3rds of my tour, I'm only at 1/3rd.

I understand taking all direction from the tower, but in my experience the squeaky wheel gets the grease. And I don't imagine showing initiative will be punished. I might submit at 14 months instead of 12, just so MI branch doesn't get sneaky and send me to the deuce.
Airborne!

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Re: Introduction

Post by Lunch » February 24th, 2017, 5:43 am

Welcome to ArmyRanger.com, Dwelt.
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Re: Introduction

Post by CharlieRanger1FFV » February 24th, 2017, 6:19 am

Welcome to the site, Dwelt.


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Re: Introduction

Post by cams » February 24th, 2017, 8:26 pm

Welcome Dwelt, best of luck in your endeavors. God knows we'll always need more Rangers.
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Re: Introduction

Post by Jim » March 3rd, 2017, 9:09 am

Welcome, Dwelt, please keep us updated on your progress.
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Re: Introduction

Post by Dwelt » March 5th, 2017, 6:40 am

Rangers,

Thank you all for welcoming me to the site and taking an interest in a pleb like me.
I'm still pretty far out, but my NCO support channel knows my plan and they all support me.
I'm pretty lucky, that my first line is a former Bat NCO and he's always willing to field my questions.

I'm getting my body ready now with various ruck marches and running criteria.
Being airborne, I'm always in good running shape.
If everything goes according to plan, I'll be 27 going to RASP, which feels like the right age for me in terms of still being young but not being a silly-ass private. Although, being close to 30 doesn't hold any guarantees :lol: :lol:
I don't know the average age of RASPers but I'll (probably) be the oldest one and one of the few E5's.
What can I expect in terms of NOT being a fresh OSUT/Airborne graduate? I'm never afraid to lead, but should i expect extra fun?
Airborne!

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Re: Introduction

Post by cams » March 7th, 2017, 10:27 am

I would venture a guess that you'll receive more leadership responsibility during your time there, and well as added scrutiny towards that.

I won't assume to know what the RI's will think, but common sense tells me that because you're a Sgt, and dependent on your MOS, you'll quickly be taking a team or squad of young Ranger Privates who've already got several deployments and a boatload of experience, so they'll (RI's) want to make sure you're fit to lead these men.

Although the suck will be a little less being a Sgt arriving at Batt, the Ranger NCO's (although) not physically shown, love their men and their PrivatesNike their own little brothers and will be watching very closely to make sure you're taking care of them first and foremost and maintaining the Blue Book.

NCO Imports from other units have historically IMO had a hard time breaking old habits and quickly and easily adapting to the huge difference of life in Regiment.
2/75 HHC C/E 89-92
Rio Hato/AO Diaz CCT/Commo

"It is a heavy thing, to see a Father so strong in life, unable to rise."

"A great civilization is not conquered from without
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Re: Introduction

Post by cams » March 7th, 2017, 10:34 am

cams wrote:I would venture a guess that you'll receive more leadership responsibility during your time there, as well as added scrutiny towards that.

I won't presume to know what the RI's will think, but common sense tells me that because you're a Sgt, and dependent on your MOS, you'll quickly be taking a team or squad of young Ranger Privates who've already got several deployments and a boatload of experience, so they'll (RI's) want to make sure you're fit to lead these men.

Although the suck will be a little less being a Sgt arriving at Batt, the Ranger NCO's (although not openly shown) love their men and their Privates like their own little brothers and will be watching very closely to make sure you're taking care of them first and foremost and maintaining the Blue Book Standards.

NCO Imports from other units have historically IMO had a hard time breaking old habits and quickly or easily adapting to the huge difference of life in Regiment, as opposed to being a young Private and not knowing anything else.
Edited for lack of ATD on my part.
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Rio Hato/AO Diaz CCT/Commo

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"A great civilization is not conquered from without
until it has destroyed itself from within." -W. Durant

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Post by Disinfertention » March 7th, 2017, 11:50 pm

Pretty much all that Ranger Cams said...

Know something about Ranger leadership before you go...as in the handbook. Quiz yourself on patrolling, I suppose they still do that a bit. Be prepared to lead or prepare to fail is what I would recommend for RASP 1.
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Re: Introduction

Post by Dreadnought » March 9th, 2017, 5:11 pm

Dwelt wrote:Rangers,

Thank you all for welcoming me to the site and taking an interest in a pleb like me.
I'm still pretty far out, but my NCO support channel knows my plan and they all support me.
I'm pretty lucky, that my first line is a former Bat NCO and he's always willing to field my questions.

I'm getting my body ready now with various ruck marches and running criteria.
Being airborne, I'm always in good running shape.
If everything goes according to plan, I'll be 27 going to RASP, which feels like the right age for me in terms of still being young but not being a silly-ass private. Although, being close to 30 doesn't hold any guarantees :lol: :lol:
I don't know the average age of RASPers but I'll (probably) be the oldest one and one of the few E5's.
What can I expect in terms of NOT being a fresh OSUT/Airborne graduate? I'm never afraid to lead, but should i expect extra fun?
1) You are never in as good as shape as you think you are, nor in as good as shape as you need to be. Continue to improve, continue to take care of your body.

2) 27 isn't old. I'm 27, have two years as a squad leader in 2/75, and have only been getting in better shape as the years go on. Age is never an excuse.

3) You will probably be in the oldest quartile, and one of the few E5s. You have age and experience, albeit limited, in the Army, and therefore you need to prove it. You will be put into leadership positions, and you should perform. You should expect "extra fun." Even though you aren't infantry, you as an E5 are expected to be a leader, and upon potential completion of your training, a Ranger leader, which is a whole 'nother level. You are going to NFL tryouts -- give everything you have, every single day, and you can't regret a single thing, whether you are successful or not.
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Re: Introduction

Post by Dwelt » March 10th, 2017, 9:53 am

Rangers,

Thank you for all replying.
I expect to be put through the wringer, and that's okay. I've been in suck before.

Am I nervous? yeah, I'm only human and it's a new experience.
But I'm not scared. I'm not scared of being hurt or that I won't step up. Something about leadership energizes people, gives them charge to move faster and think clearer. I've taken licks for my boys before and I'll do it again.

I'm not trying to qualify how tough I am, or how good of an NCO I am.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, I want my band of brothers. I believe the Ranger mission is the most dynamic and I've always admired the Rangers I've become friends with. Living by the Creed and always being model soldiers. I want that. I want to be in a place where I feel like I can grow into a better soldier and leader. I want to be in the Ranger family and fraternity.
Airborne!

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Re: Introduction

Post by Disinfertention » March 10th, 2017, 11:56 pm

Desire, want, and belief. I had zero of those when I went to RIP. As a Tool song put it... I was a dumbfounded dipshit.

Use your focus and find success. I am here to make sure you make it if you ask for help.
HHC 2/75 2012-2015
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Re: Introduction

Post by cams » March 11th, 2017, 11:42 pm

Dwelt these guys are exactly right and they have a boatload of experience. Listen to them, follow their guidance to the letter.

Most of us older guys had absolutely no idea what we were getting into when we signed up for Batt. And we paid dearly for it, as young dumb privates we were (at least I was) scared of failure. We were in the presence of Gods, legends of war, and we just did exactly that they told us to to survive. That's normal so use it as motivation.

I was actually scared that they wanted to literally kill me the training was so intense, all I knew was that I would die trying before I would quit and admit weakness in their presence. That training they gave me and instilled in me still serves me to this day, decades later.

I generally suck at everyday life, it's boring and hard to deal with societies BS, but still now when shit hits the fan and everybody is in chaos or panic mode, I'm calm as fuck and know exactly what needs to be done, thanks to the training they gave me. It never leaves you. It is worth the pain. Drive on brother and get some of it.
2/75 HHC C/E 89-92
Rio Hato/AO Diaz CCT/Commo

"It is a heavy thing, to see a Father so strong in life, unable to rise."

"A great civilization is not conquered from without
until it has destroyed itself from within." -W. Durant

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