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Old 22 January 2018, 11:59
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Question on age waiver to become a Ranger

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I have someone I work with claiming their son is going to go through Ranger school ( not even in yet but this is what the recruiter is telling him) he is 32? this seemed a bit old but maybe things have changed OR he can be waivered. Admittedly he is in excellent shape but not sure on the age thing, can someone clarify for me.

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Old 22 January 2018, 12:23
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https://www.army.mil/article/188368/..._ranger_school

Not common, but not unheard of.
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Old 22 January 2018, 12:52
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Appreciate the reply and link sir.
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Old 22 January 2018, 12:53
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I knew a dude that went thru at 42.
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Old 22 January 2018, 14:02
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Looking on-line at the requirements for an option 40 contract, I don't see any age restrictions.

There was a Ranger in C AT that was a stud and in his mid-30s. He was tabbed and even went to SF Combat Diver, beating out several younger Rangers for the slot. At the same time, there have thousands of 20 year-olds that could not meet the physical demands. It's up to the individuals' capabilities.
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Old 22 January 2018, 14:31
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In my Pre-Ranger class we had a O-4 that made the O-5 list but was not tabbed, he was in his early 30's. He was friends with one of the higher Officers at RHQ who did him a solid and got him into our Pre-Ranger class; nice enough guy and did ok with us in Pre-Ranger and made it to like hour 5 on day 1 before being dropped.
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Old 22 January 2018, 14:34
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Point of clarity - I knew a dude who went thru the course at 42, not that attempted to get into the Regiment.
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Old 22 January 2018, 15:17
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I knew an SF dude that went through at age 41 and was the Distinguished Honor Graduate for his Ranger Class.

Subsequently CSM of 1/75 and eventual SMA (Sergeant Major of the Army).

At the crux of the biscuit, Ranger School is about Mind over Matter more so than Age. Your friend's son going through at 32 years of age is perfectly believable.
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Old 22 January 2018, 15:28
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I went thru at age 33, then went to the Advanced Course enroute to RHQ. I seem to recall mention of Colonel Darby having a maximum age for (Operational) Rangers?
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Old 22 January 2018, 15:39
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Thank you Gentlemen for all the reply's, I suppose I was basing my though process off of the age limit for BUD/S and waiver process.
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Old 22 January 2018, 16:16
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Things may be different, but I doubt he has a contract to go to Ranger School. The only Ranger contract is for a candidate to be sent to the Ranger Regiment IF he passes all of the criteria. It guarantees a slot to RASP, the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, if he makes it that far. Ranger School is not guaranteed, but if he passes RASP and lasts in a Ranger unit, he will probably be given a chance for Ranger School. Newer Rangers can chime in and tell you how long it takes to get to Ranger School, but 6 months to 1.5 years was the norm. Have the 32 yr old add that and the 6 months from time of enlistment to getting to a Battalion (when does he actually go active?); he could be 35 by the time he gets to Ranger School.
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School has not been as high a priority as deployments for a lot of single termers during the GWOT is what I've heard anecdotally. some have been content to do a full term with no tab then ETS. And due to deployment cycles, most guys going to school are going later than pre-GWOT timelines used to be.

I don't have any hard data on that
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School has not been as high a priority as deployments for a lot of single termers during the GWOT is what I've heard anecdotally. some have been content to do a full term with no tab then ETS. And due to deployment cycles, most guys going to school are going later than pre-GWOT timelines used to be.

I don't have any hard data on that
When I showed up to batt there were about 4 or 5 PV4's who were pretty salty, having done around 4 or 5 deployments, who ETSd without their tabs.

It took me just under 2 years to get to school, which was around normal.. maybe a little on the slower side.

By the time I left we were sending privates that had been in batt under a year, and a PV4 who had been in more than 2 years would have had to have had a very compelling reason to find himself in the S shops or the HQ platoon. I left in December of 2015.
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Point of clarity - I knew a dude who went thru the course at 42, not that attempted to get into the Regiment.
I gave him a NO GO.
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SGM Marvis Moore graduated at the age of 52 in 1991. I was there and had him in the Gulag on several occasions. He just wouldn't quit, and he eventually made it. He had been offered a support position at RHQ on the condition that he go get his Tab first.
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SGM Marvis Moore graduated at the age of 52 in 1991. I was there and had him in the Gulag on several occasions. He just wouldn't quit, and he eventually made it. He had been offered a support position at RHQ on the condition that he go get his Tab first.
Fucker! I was there, however, I donít remember him since I was busy all the time trying too escape the wrath of you fuckers from being long-tabbed...
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^tab protector....
Lol. I did grade a 41 y/o 11H from the 82nd. And he couldn't lead an ant colony to a 25lb bag of sugar.

I'm sure it wasn't the same guy. I remember quite a few guys going thru in their 30's. One in particular was a SF guy, I don't know from what group. He wasn't very motivated about being there. I sat him down after grading him as a PSG. I just plain out asked him WTF are you doing here, a SFC that can't pass a PSG patrol.

He replied "I lost a coin toss". Me - "WHAT". He said the team had a slot for this class and I lost the coin toss.

Of course we weren't engaged in every fucking country in the world at that time, so going to any school was a plus. Except to him.
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^you passed the swim test?!?
I took it twice.

30 days in the GULAG is an ugly-ass experience; at least in SERE they gave you a moment alone, however, the GULAG you had too be on alert 24/7.

Sharky and et al can still kiss my ass!
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