The Department of the Air Force, in a recent press release, said it is searching for members from both services to enroll in the grueling course and encouraged them to take the leap.
“It's been called ‘a laboratory of human endurance,' testing the physical, mental and spiritual grit of the officer and enlisted leaders who undertake it,” the Air Force said in the release. “It's the Army Ranger School, and the Department of the Air Force is looking for airmen and Guardians who are ready for the challenge.”
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The 62-day course is filled with difficult physical training and exercises designed to educate participants on elite squad and platoon tactics. During Ranger Assessment Phase week at Ranger School, candidates must complete 49 push-ups, 59 sit-ups, a five-mile run in 40 minutes, and six chin-ups, according to the Air Force. It ends with a 12-mile march with each candidate carrying roughly 35 pounds.
Each year, an estimated 4,000 candidates attempt the program. The Air Force first began sending airmen to Ranger School in 1955; since then, around 350 have graduated from the course, according to the service.
Roughly 40% of service…