My brother is currently a MARSOC operator, (Marine Special Operations Command) it's pretty much the Marine equivalent of the Green Berets. I'm very much so interested in joining the rangers, or the military in general. He told me a few things that really put it in perspective.
-You can't just up and decide that you want to go be a ranger, or a Green Beret, or a SEAL. It's a life and mindset you're born into, and he said he saw countless guys flake out that thought training would be a breeze and they'd get to do all of the cool shit they see on TV.
-Ranger school, BUD/S, etc. Is the hardest thing you will ever experience, and you have to go into it with the mindset that you won't pass, and go day by day. This helps to break down the overall time of training. It's also rewarding when you pass a day.
-Once you pass, keep up your fitness. Be an asset to your Team/Squad/Battalion. Bring something to the table that others can't or aren't as good at.
-Make sure you are up to snuff after you get out of your training, and get into the mindset that they will have to drag you kicking and screaming out of your unit. Budget cuts are coming down hard. The Infantry is going to blow compared to a group like the rangers.
-Try to do something worthwhile in the Military and make investments that will benefit you when you get out. If you go into the rangers, there isn't much you can do there that will help you out with skills you'll want outside of the Military. My brother is a medic and is currently attending med school. This would hypothetically pay off when he is out of the Marines in four years.
Just a few things that you can think about.
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