Rangers are put through punishing training that includes five-mile runs at six to seven minutes per mile, 15- to 30-mile marches with 90-pound rucksacks and at least one parachute jump each week. They practice urban warfare in mock villages.
The Ranger Course is 61 days long with an average of 19.6 hours training each day, seven days a week. Realistic combat stresses are simulated constantly; lack of sleep, food and unexpected enemy contacts, and moving through arduous terrain under these conditions while trying to read a map and co-ordinate effectively a counter-attack or other battle drills. Physical endurance and combat skills are taught in the first phase to ensure that the candidate has the required skills to continue on into the next phase. Plenty of running, obstacle courses and swimming is to be had. In addition demolitions work, communications and tactical lessons must be learned thoroughly including airborne / air assault skills. This allows the qualified Ranger to work in an operational environment while undertaking reconnaissance and raid type missions.
We had a British kid in our unit in Germany. His parents had emigrated to the States, and he decided to join our Army. Wasn't a bad worker when he was sober, which was seldom. Finally got booted for drunkenness. A shame.
Some of them came to 216 sig sqn in the early 90's for a few days exchange.
As I remember, they all looked like WWF wrestlers and when asked to run around the steeplechase, could only manage a Hattie Jacques-esk amble.
I believe the med centre next door to 23 PFA ran out of inner-thigh-leg-chafing-cream that day.
There was one who called himself "Big Country" who had himself down as a serious hard man.
"Back home we got (insert noun here) ten times that size" etc etc.
Some of the blokes took them down town on the beer and got 'Big Country' on the Diamond White. He spent the night in Depot Para pokey after collapsing in the road outside the Queens, AT HALF PAST FCUKING NINE!!!!!