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Introduction - Andrew

Post by SouthPaw » September 11th, 2019, 7:55 am

Greetings everyone,

My name is Andrew. About a week ago, I enlisted with an 11X option 40 contract, and am (hopefully) shipping out the 29th of October (this year).

I'm 22 years old, lived on a small farm for the majority of my life, enjoy a wide spectrum of things, and am finally ready to see just what exactly I'm capable of.

I'm hoping, through this site, to learn as much as I can about the Ranger way of life and any tips, tricks and tidbits that might help me as I go through RASP.

As always,

RLTW!
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Re: Introduction - Andrew

Post by Disinfertention » September 11th, 2019, 12:31 pm

Hey Andrew,

Welcome to the site. As you probably read in other introduction posts, there is a lot of years worth of information to go through. Check into it if you have a question, search the internet, and then come back to us.

Congratulations on getting your Option 40. For some that is one of the hardest points and they never get by it. You don't have a lot of time. What are you doing to prepare yourself? Self administer an APFT and report your scores back here to establish a baseline.

What have you been doing since you got out of high school? Why did you decide to join now?
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Re: Introduction - Andrew

Post by CharlieRanger1FFV » September 12th, 2019, 6:12 am

Welcome to the site, Andrew.


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Re: Introduction - Andrew

Post by SouthPaw » September 12th, 2019, 9:38 am

Thank you for welcoming me Ranger Disinfertention and Ranger CharlieRanger1FFV.

Ranger Disinfertention:

The following are my AFPT results:

Pushups: 47
Sit ups: 70
2 Mile Run: 15:30

Result:
Push ups score = 68 out of 100;
Sit ups score = 87 out of 100;
2 Mile run score = 72 out of 100;
Total APFT score = 227 out of 300
(Assuming I was looking at the right scoresheet).

While the results aren't the best, they are better than I had originally thought I would score.
What are you doing to prepare yourself?
Unfortunately, as of right now, I don't have a specific plan for preparing myself. This past week, I've run (or tried to run) two several longer distance runs (around 4 miles). I've also done two 4ish mile ruck marches, just to see what that is like (nothing really timed though, and only with a 35-40 lb. pack).

Over the next few days, I'm going to make/find some sort of training schedule that I can incorporate into my daily routine.
What have you been doing since you got out of high school?
I wasn't much of one who wanted to do another 2-4 years of school, so I explored the realm of self learning, and taught myself computer programming, affiliate marketing, SEO, and took some courses on ethical computer hacking. Because I live on a farm, there were plenty of opportunities to also get myself outside, and keep myself in some-what good shape. Over the summer for the past few years I also stacked hay for a farmer we know (which is probably why I got a higher score on the AFPT than I thought I would).
Why did you decide to join now?
Basically, I finally came to the point where I was ready to move on with my life, and try something new that would help me get on my own feet. None of my self learning/self taught knowledge was leading anywhere, my business/making-money ideas weren't having much success, and it is/was the time for me as a man to move from my parent's roof, and become more independent.

And because SOF was something that I've been interested in for a while now, I decided to give it a try. And the rest is (future) history.
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Re: Introduction - Andrew

Post by Disinfertention » September 14th, 2019, 12:26 pm

Andrew, please update your signature block according to our standards next time you are here.

PT scores are a really good start. Especially if you've never done something like it before. As you read around for training programs and look for something to follow make sure you research things on recovery too. If you're not accustomed to working out and running/rucking all week don't lean into too hard and make sure your body can recover.

Teaching yourself stuff takes a lot of discipline. It's good that you've put yourself through it. Unfortunate that stuff didn't pan out like you wanted but continuing to press on and setting new goals is a solid plan for progression. Joining the military, even if only for a few years, is a great way to get out and see different parts of the country and meet a lot of interesting people as you have probably assumed.

What are your goals in the military besides becoming a Ranger?
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Re: Introduction - Andrew

Post by SouthPaw » September 14th, 2019, 7:15 pm

Roger Ranger Disinfertention.

Aside from becoming a Ranger, I don't really have many/any other goals. Just to learn as much as I can in the ~4 years I'm in, and volunteer (in the schools/training sense) for as much as I can.
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Re: Introduction - Andrew

Post by Disinfertention » September 16th, 2019, 3:54 pm

SouthPaw wrote:
September 14th, 2019, 7:15 pm
Roger Ranger Disinfertention.

Aside from becoming a Ranger, I don't really have many/any other goals. Just to learn as much as I can in the ~4 years I'm in, and volunteer (in the schools/training sense) for as much as I can.
It's a good plan to start with. Keep in mind people compare being in the military, especially a place like Ranger Regiment, with being on a train... Once you are on it and it's moving fast... it's not a great time to make plans and no one is going to help you get off unless they throw you off themselves.

You already have your short term goal. That is get in and serve in Regiment. What about 5 years from now, or 10 from now? I have trouble making goals further than 5 years out but it's good to try. Nothing wrong with changing goals as life changes. Something to consider is all.
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Re: Introduction - Andrew

Post by SouthPaw » September 17th, 2019, 5:49 am

Roger, Ranger Disinfertention.
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