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Done with ranger school

January 30, 2010 | Captain Alex Frank

Graduated Ranger school last week!  It sucked, but it taught me more about being a soldier than any army school could have.  It's definitely the hardest thing I have done yet, and it helped prepare me for the even harder things that lie ahead in Afghanistan.  I learned a lot about how I react in stressful circumstances and how to lead in those environments. 

Mountain phase was definitely the hardest.  We only got 1-2 hours of sleep a night in mountains.  In the other phases it was about 3.  Going up and down was also trying and tough physically.  I lost a lot of weight but quickly put it back on over Christmas break.

Now that is all behind me.  I am the fattest I've been in my life and in terrible shape.  I should be able to get into the groove though before heading to Germany.

Here is me and my Ranger buddy, John Ford, with our graduation's guest speaker, Ross Perot.


My mom pinning on my tab:

My squad, 2nd squad, after getting out tabs pinned on.  It ended up being an excellent squad.  We did all of the planning for our platoon's missions and working very well together. 


And finally me with all my favorite international students.  Khergiani from Georgia, Mugizi from Uganda, and Horth from Canada.


ranger, suck


  • John Michael
    1/31/2010 4:21 AM
    Congrats and thank you for your service...

    Keep on doing what you're doing so we can continue to do what we can.


    John Michael
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  • Glen Bassett
    1/14/2015 11:42 PM
    Congratulations on completing one of the hardest schools in the military. And thank you for your service to our country and us citizens. I also pray for you, & your fellow soldiers & your safe return home. (Unless you plan on topping off your credentials by going through Special Forces, Green Beret training?) Good luck to you & all service men and women! And thank you all!
  • Jeff Palmer
    1/15/2015 7:44 PM
    i was part of Class 12, 1987

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