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Introduction- Kaleb

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Hello all,

My name is Kaleb, I am currently 21 years old and looking for an 11x option 40. I have been browsing this site since the end of last year and have been researching the Army and Rangers for a while now. The plan is to enlist in the summer of 2018 when I finish college. I first contacted the recruiters in January of 2017.

Now for a little bit about me. I am currently a senior in college and I will be finishing undergrad with a biomedical science major, a chemistry and a psychology minor. Sadly, this does not leave me with a whole lot of free time to train and to study about being a Ranger but I do plan on logging on to this site a few times a week. I have had an interest in the military for quite a few years now but it wasn’t until 2016 that I determined that this is the route that I want to follow. I feel that being a Ranger fits the moral responsibilities that I believe in and aligns with my outlook on life. I have a desire to constantly improve and love to learn. I believe that being in the military, specifically SOF (if I make it through the training), will put me in a community of like minded individuals who want to make a difference and are willing to work for it. I realize that all aspects of the military are important but I see Rangers as the group where I can be taught by the best and do the most.

I will perform an APFT test within 72 hours and post the results. Apologies in advance for not being able to complete the running portion. I am currently recovering from a knee injury, no surgery needed, and should not be running until it fully heals. I do not have a recent two mile run to base my time off of. My last timed run, which was right before my injury, about four months ago, was a 5:58 one mile, so my best guess is that I could have gone sub 13 for two. I have a considerable amount of work that I need to put into swimming so that is my main exercise goal for now. Once healed, I also plan on hiking and rucking the bluffs near me. Until then I am focusing on upper body and abdominal workouts.

I am currently considering PRK eye surgery. According to AR 40-501 I would have a 6-month wait period before enlisting but it does not look like this would disqualify me from being a Ranger. If anyone has heard differently, your input would be greatly appreciated. I have seen a few recommendations that it is better to wait until after going through selection. Any experience or advice on this topic is welcome.

My next objective is to read all posts from the “Letters from School” thread. I realize that I still have a lot to learn and improve upon. I will do my best to keep my mouth shut and mind open. Thank you for providing this resource.

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Kaleb, I would advise you not get PRK surgery until you get into the service. MEPS will give your hell for it and if you need to get a waiver kiss the Option 40 goodbye.
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APFT

Push-ups - 79
Sit-ups - 81
Pull-ups - 18

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Kake wrote:
September 19th, 2017, 6:35 pm
APFT

Push-ups - 79
Sit-ups - 81
Pull-ups - 18
The AFPT events are push-up and sit-ups for two minutes each and a two mile run. We here at ArmyRanger.com ask our mentees to add pull-ups to the routine. Attention to detail is important!
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Rodger, Ranger Jim, I will be more cautious from here on out. I will complete another PT test in roughly three weeks; if my knee has healed, I will add a timed two mile run.

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Kaleb, Please keep us updated on your progress. Never, never quit!
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Sota211 wrote:
September 17th, 2017, 9:04 am
Kaleb, I would advise you not get PRK surgery until you get into the service. MEPS will give your hell for it and if you need to get a waiver kiss the Option 40 goodbye.
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Roger Ranger cams
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kaleb, Yesterday, you were on the site. Why didn't you piost?
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Ranger Jim, I wanted to have something productive to report back, next time I will update sooner. I have been sick and have had multiple tests to study for so today was my first time working out in a week and a half. I focused on chest and managed to set a new bench PR by 10lbs, now 265. I should have time for a swim workout this week and if all goes well another one this weekend. I have the Ranger Creed memorized and plan on working my way through more of the Letters From School section this weekend. I tested my knee out and it is not ready for impact exercise yet; I will try running again once November starts.

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Kaleb, we look forward to hearing from you. Never, never quit
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As it has been three weeks, I will soon be testing push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups. I will give an update with the results when they have been completed. I have been reading the Letters from School thread, it is packed with a lot of quality information on the process to becoming a Ranger. So far the things that stand out to me the most are: do extra PT during OSUT/BAC, read the forums on this site, and live by the Ranger Creed. I regret to inform that I did not do a swim work out last week as promised. This was due primarily to a lack of self discipline although still being sick also played a role. The goal for the next few weeks is to again work on swimming and add more cardio in the form of biking to my workouts.

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Update

Push-ups - 77
Sit-ups - 83
Pull-ups - 17

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Kaleb, keep up the good work and continue to update us. Never, never quit!
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Not much to report back, I had midterms last week and have two more test this upcoming week so I have made no progress on reading through the Letters from school section or making my way through the site. Workouts have also been scarce the past week and a half. I will do a PT test later this week. Still doing my best to live by the Ranger Creed, although I realize that I have a long way to go yet.

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