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A major thing that trips people up at Ranger and Sapper School is the incredible detail students are required to go into when they conduct patrols. From giving a painfully thorough GOTWA / 5 Point Contingency Plan to preparing men, weapons, and equipment (MWE) to unreasonable standards, if you aren’t prepared for this when you show up it can feel overwhelming.  At Ranger/Sapper School, you will “Prep MWE” before you leave the objective rally point (ORP) and make your final movement to the objective (OBJ). It is your last chance to make sure everything is ready before you go to...

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METT-TC is a mnemonic used by the military to help soldiers remember and prioritize what mission variables to analyze during the planning phase of any operation. METT-TC stands for Mission, Enemy, Terrain/Weather, Troops and Support Available, Time Available, and Civilian Considerations. This post will take you through all six factors of METT-TC, and discuss them in detail. Mission After receiving an order from your cadre, either in a warning order (WARNO) or in an operations order (OPORD), the leaders will begin to analyze the mission. They view all of the mission variables in terms of their impact on mission accomplishment....

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The other day I got a text from a buddy who just got a Ranger School slot. In this text he mentioned that he was feeling nervous. I assured him that it's totally normal to be nervous but also that he was physically ready for whatever they threw at him. I also told him what I was told before I went...

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What is the fundamental factor to all the results in your life? If we were to boil everything down to the most core controlling element to all the results in your life, what would it be? The truth is that your life is controlled by one factor. 

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I attended the Sapper Leader Course in 2018. I was still in Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) when I started training for it, but had a gap between graduating BOLC and actually attending it. While at BOLC, I was lucky enough to be a part of a Pre-Sapper BOLC Physical Training group. We woke up earlier and trained harder than our other BOLC peers. In those days, I was not a naturally motivated person, but I had a goal. I wanted more than anything in the world to be a Sapper Qualified officer and show up to my unit with...

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